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Water and Wastewater Science and Technology Park office building project with LEED certification approach

Iran and Sustainable Development

According to Iran’s commitment, at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference (Paris 21 Cup), to reduce the current carbon dioxide emissions by 4% by 2030 (1409 solar) unconditionally and 8% conditionally and the process of climate change and the water crisis ahead, the macro strategies of the country’s construction industry, like other industries, will require the development of concepts and approaches to sustainable development. Hence, methods such as the use of renewable energy and clean fuels (such as solar energy, wind energy, geothermal, biogas, etc.), the use of solutions to optimize water consumption, and the use of methods to prevent energy loss In buildings, along with the development of regulations for sustainable (green) buildings, Iran will play a significant role in fulfilling its international obligations.

In recent years, the wastewater treatment plant south of Tehran has become a focal point for implementing sustainable development goals. This treatment plant’s output water is used to irrigate the agricultural lands of Varamin plain and biogas, resulting from the digestion of the treatment plant sludge to generate electricity and heat. Therefore, the construction of the office building project of the Science and Water and Wastewater Science Park aims to create a suitable platform for developing the scientific and software sector and keeping pace with the latest technologies and approaches in the world the list. According to this approach, in this project, the implementation of green building patterns (buildings in line with the environment) has been selected as one of the world’s construction procedures. In this regard, for the first time in Iran, achieving one of the levels of international LEED certification for the building in question in the treatment plant south of Tehran, as one of the most common environmental regulations in the design and construction of green buildings, the goal has been posted.

Project specifications

Client: Tehran Sewerage Company

Consultant and monitoring side: Amirkabir University of Technology Office of Sustainability

Usage: Office-Research

Project status: Design of Phase one

Location: South Tehran Wastewater Treatment Plant

Approximate area: 1400 square meters

Expected goals for silver certification by sections of LEED regulations

Sustainable neighborhood

• Reduction of pollution caused by construction activities

• Appropriate choice of construction site

• Reducing the environmental impact of transportation

• Apply solutions for optimal surface water management

Water efficiency

• Reduce building water consumption compared to base building consumption

• Optimization of water consumption for irrigation

• Use of gray water and reduction of building effluent

Energy and atmosphere

• Reduce the energy consumption of the building compared to the base building

• Use of renewable energy in the building

• Evaluate and monitor the actual energy performance of the building and compare it with the expected performance

The quality of the indoor environment

• Monitoring the supply of fresh air

• Use of materials with low emission properties of volatile organic matter (VOC)

• Control the entry of pollutants into the building with proper ventilation

Materials and resources

• Use of indigenous materials with the aim of reducing the harmful environmental effects of transportation

• Construction waste management in the construction phase of the project and operation time

• Use of rapidly renewable materials

Design innovation

• Provide creative design practices and new technologies that promote LEED goals

• Use a LEED AP expert

Project Manager and Senior Researcher: Dr. Mohammad Reza Kharazi

Amirkabir University Green Building Plaque

Benefits of AUT GBC

  • Presenting the first localized reference for environmental building scoring in Iran (since 2012)
  • Provides a practical solution to promote and institutionalize the concept of “green building” in Iran
  • Reducing the environmental impact of the building on its life cycle (planning, design, construction, operation and demolition)
  • Providing the ground for achieving the goals of sustainable construction in the Iranian construction industry
  • Increasing awareness among construction industry activists in the country and institutionalizing environmental considerations from the beginning of the project
  • Provide a suitable platform for the development of buildings for the welfare of residents

Benefits of green building

 

Steps to receive the Green Building Award of Amirkabir University

 

Green Building Committee

“Sustainability” is one of the world’s most talked about during last 2 decades. Construction industry, because of its significant contribution in economic growth on the one hand and inadequate attention to its’ environmental impacts on the other hand, has had destructive effects on environment. Beside these, in the world of construction, buildings have the capacity to make a major contribution to a more sustainable future for our planet. Some recent investigations estimate that buildings in developed countries account for more than 40 percent of energy consumption over their lifetime (incorporating raw material production, construction, operation, maintenance and decommissioning). Moreover, for the first time in human history, over half of the world’s population now lives in urban environments and it’s clear that sustainable buildings have become vital cornerstones for securing long-term environmental, economic and social viability.

 Consequently, sustainable design and construction aims to meet present day needs for housing, working environments and infrastructure without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs in times to come. It incorporates elements of economic efficiency, environmental performance and social responsibility – and contributes to the greatest extent when architectural quality, technical innovation and transferability are included. 

Considering importance of these matters, Green Building Council was established under Sustainable Committee on with duty of implementing green building criteria in any new construction at Amirkabir University of technology. Furthermore, based on these concepts, sustainable construction group have focused on a set of target issues:

1.Dissemination of knowledge in related academic, technical and social contexts.

2.Developing national environmental rating system for Green buildings.

3.Providing consulting services in new construction projects.

Research Areas:

 Our brief resume:

Conference:

– Holding the 1st national conference on sustainable construction, Amirkabir University of Technology, March 2013

Workshops:

– Nikravan, M., Azizi, A., “Sustainable construction and introduction of LEED”, 9th international congress on civil engineering, Isfahan university of technology, 2012

– Nikravan, M., Azizi, A., “Sustainable construction and introduction of LEED”, 1st national conference on sustainable construction, Amirkabir University of Technology, 2013

– Nikravan, M., “Sustainable construction and introduction of LEED”, 1st national conference on sustainable buildings, Mashhad, 2013

– Nikravan, M., “Sustainable construction and introduction of LEED”, 1st national congress on construction engineering and projects assessment, Gorgan, 2014

Books:

– Nikravan, M., Azizi, A., under supervision of Dr. Reza Maknoon, “LEED for environmental rating system of construction (proposed guideline)”, Translated in to Persian, Amirkabir University of Technology Press, 139 Page, Winter 2012

Thesis:

– Rashidi, A., “A BIM-Based Framework for Implementation of LEED credits in Iran”, M.Sc. Thesis, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Amirkabir University of Technology, 2014

– Gharazi, T., Developing a national framework for LEED implementation in Iran, M.Sc. Thesis, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Amirkabir University of Technology, 2014

Papers:

– Kardgar, M., “Investigation of sustainable materials role in construction industry”, 1st national congress on construction engineering and process assessment, Iran, Golestan, Gorgan, 2014

– Rashidi, A., “Applying Building Information Model (BIM) for Building Sustainable Design”, 18th national conference of Iranian Society of Environmentalists, March 2014

– Raeisi, Z., Heidari, Sh., Nikravan, M., “An investigation of widespread building rating systems according to criteria for sustainability and compare to national building codes”, Journal of Vernacular Architecture and City, 2014

Projects:

– Nikravan, M., “Green University and Sustainable Development”, term research, advised by Prof. Maknoon, Amirkabir University of Technology, 2009-2010

– Nikravan, M., “Life cycle assessment (LCA) of building materials”, term research, advised by Prof. Maknoon, Amirkabir University of Technology, 2009-2010.

Building Information Modeling (BIM) Lab

In recent decades, construction industry has been confronted a great deal of challenges, such as low productivity and return on investment in comparison with other industries, gradual increment of labor cost, unforeseen costs due to lack of coordination among different stakeholders, time consuming change management and so forth. All above, led the industry to develop some new fields including computer science and integrated project delivery systems. “Building Information Modeling (BIM)” is one of the most newfound significant concepts for these challenges. The main aim of BIM is to configure a 3 dimensional model comprising whole project life cycle data in accessible and integrated information flow. BIM is a process that involves creating and using an intelligent 3D model to inform and communicate project decisions. Design, visualization, simulation, and collaboration enabled by BIM solutions provide greater clarity for all stakeholders across the project lifecycle. BIM makes it easier to achieve project and business goals.

Considering importance of this matter, “Building Information Modeling (BIM)” group was established with duty of implementing BIM concepts in any new construction at Amirkabir University of technology. Furthermore, based on these concepts, BIM group have focused on a set of target issues:

1.Dissemination of knowledge in related academic, technical and social contexts.

2.Providing BIM consulting services in different construction projects.

3.Holding workshops and short term educational courses concentrating on BIM software’s and workflows

Research Areas:

Publication of LEED Regulations, a reference for environmental rating of buildings by Amirkabir University of Technology

The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), which was developed under the auspices of the American Green Building Association and is implemented in this country and some other countries (such as Canada, India, etc.) is in fact a response to Countries are concerned about the importance of the construction industry with an approach to solving environmental problems, including global climate change, uneconomical and misuse of natural resources, as well as threats to human health. The initial move to grant LEED certification to buildings is in fact a move towards sustainable development in the construction industry and quantification of the concept of green building.
In translating this regulation, an attempt has been made to use appropriate Persian equivalents that have been in various books or suggested by experts. Also, some of the corrections that the authors think need further explanation are written in a footnote or listed for further study. You can download the full details of this book from this link.

Those who are interested can purchase this book from the bookstore of Amirkabir University of Technology, located next to Valiasr Door (contact number +98-21-664988868).