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A study on ecological properties of building materials used in traditional buildings (in Turkey)

Tülay Esin (Department of Architecture, Faculty of Architecture, Gebze Institute of Technology, Kocaeli, Turkey)
İzzet Yüksek (Department of Construction Education, Faculty of Technical Education, Kirklareli University, Kirklareli,Turkey)

Facilities

ISSN: 0263-2772

Article publication date: 4 April 2008

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to research the ecological properties of building materials used in some traditional buildings in Turkey and discuss the environmental benefits thereof.

Design/methodology/approach

Building materials used in some traditional buildings are investigated by a field study in the selected area. In this investigation, after the usage aims of the building materials are explained, the ecological properties and environmental benefits are discussed.

Findings

According to the results of the study, it is found that these materials being obtained from totally natural, local and renewable resources have source‐efficient and energy‐efficient features. They have significant ecological characteristics since they are easily recyclable and re‐usable, utilize agricultural wastes and do not produce any wastes.

Research limitations/implications

In almost every part of Turkey, there exist a large number of traditional buildings with ecological properties which were built at various times in history. However, it is impossible to give examples from each one of them in this study. Therefore, this study is designed to cover the buildings located at the rural area of province Kirklareli, Thrace zone. In further studies, it is possible to compare them with building samples from other region of Turkey and the World.

Originality/value

This study researches the ecological properties of building materials used in some traditional buildings. It is considered that these data would provide guidance for the building designs of today. In the rural areas where population increase rates are not so high, it is possible to use such materials for the buildings. A widespread use of these materials will prevent the environmental problems that arise out of buildings from getting higher in Turkey and in the world.

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Citation

Esin, T. and Yüksek, İ. (2008), "A study on ecological properties of building materials used in traditional buildings (in Turkey)", Facilities, Vol. 26 No. 5/6, pp. 229-241. https://doi.org/10.1108/02632770810865005

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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