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CSR Turkey (Incekara Holding) - Huseyin Avni Incekara Science High School Dormitory

Added on 22-03-2013


Incekara Holding


CSR Turkey



Business challenge

Incekara Holding has completed the first and only "Sustainable Green Dormitory Building" and donated it to the Ministry of Education in Turkey. The reasons behind this initiative were:

Education: There are 16 million students in Turkey, which accounts for almost %20 of the population. Turkey still has far to go to reach Millennium Development goals in education. Turkish society expects companies in all sectors to invest in education. Incekara invests in various philanthropic activities, which include the building of schools.

Climate Change - Natural Resource Scarcity: The initiative focuses on today's environmental problems such as climate change and natural resource scarcity and seeks opportunities in green technology. Environmental sustainability is a critical issue that requires both individual and collective efforts. Turkey has developed strategies in partnership with businesses in all sectors. Furthermore, discussions between Turkey and the European Union on environmental sustainability began in 2010.


Objectives: Incekara Holding engages in notable philanthropic activities in education, especially building schools in Turkey. After undertaking research, the company recognised that it can combine social investment with environmental sustainability and thus maximise positive social and environmental impact.

Implementation: After researching technology and conducting feasibility studies, Incekara decided to design a green building in collaboration with the Tamfa Engineering & Construction Company, chosen because of its experience and expertise in green construction and environmental friendly technology. Tamfa is a member of the Environmentally Friendly Green Building Association. Construction began in August 2008 and ended in September 2009.

Expected Impacts:

Environmental Impact

  • § Maintaining the ecological environment - enhancing and protecting biodiversity and ecosystems
  • § Improving air and water quality
  • § Reducing waste streams - carbon dioxide emissions
  • § Conserving and restoring natural resources
  • § Minimum thermal insulation systems with high natural gas consumption

Solar Panel PV / Green (Planted) Roofs

  • § Helping to insulate against both cold and hot outdoor temperatures
  • § Reducing the urban "heat island" effect by absorbing energy
  • § Improving occupant productivity and satisfaction
  • § Keeping storm water onsite for irrigation or other purposes
  • § Reducing the rate and amount of storm water flowing into overtaxed municipal drainage systems, which can overflow and pollute waterways
  • § Helping to preserve the roof's waterproofing

Economic benefits

  • § Reducing operating costs
  • § Creating, expanding, and shaping markets for green product and services
  • § Improving occupant productivity
  • § Optimizing life-cycle economic performance

Social benefits

  • § Enhancing occupant comfort and health
  • § Heightening aesthetic qualities
  • § Minimizing strain on local infrastructure
  • § Improving overall quality of life

The initiative is a notable example of combining philanthropy and environmental sustainability. This approach supports new approaches to philanthropy and motivates other companies.


Both public and private sectors must increase awareness of environmental sustainability and its long term economic and environmental benefits.

Though the initial costs of building green may be higher than those of conventional buildings, the savings generated in energy, water, maintenance, operations, and health costs offer substantial returns on investment. This green building will serve to demonstrate that investment can lead to revenues over the long term.

Green construction and sustainable development projects are still new concepts in Turkey. This initiative has to be conceived to pioneer good practices for companies in the construction sector. It also establishes a new way of thinking for corporate philanthropists. This initiative should be supported by all related stakeholders including media, non-governmental organisations and academia.

Incekara is planning to rebuild its own offices in various provinces. And after implementing this initiative, it is now aiming to turn all its offices into green buildings.

Challenges/Lessons learned:

It is the "first and only" student dormitory in Turkey to earn Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification.

It meets criteria for public buildings established by European Commission 2020 Energy Targets. It is also the first EU Commission EPBD campaign in Turkey.

It was awarded the Akdeniz University Environmental award in May 2010.

  • § Natural treatment of storm water. Reduces overall water usage by at least 40%. [15 tons of water is purified using a roofing purification system and a computerized irrigation system]
  • § Exceeds current energy efficiency standards by at least 40%.
  • § Generates at least 12% electricity on site through solar energy.
  • § Uses rainwater or re-circulated grey water to reduce potable water use for sewage conveyance by 80%.
  • § Recycles or salvages 50% to 70% of non-hazardous construction debris.

Uses low- or non-volatile organic compound-emitting materials to ensure exceptional indoor air quality.

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