The development of an exemplar building for TMB in Ankara to showcase class-leading environmental design and technologies not currently employed in Turkey. The incorporation of a labyrinth and an active thermal slab cooling system are both firsts in terms of commercial application in the region. Both have been employed to exploit the diurnal temperature range of the local climate, optimising the building’s environmental performance to maintain occupant comfort in response to changing external temperatures while reducing energy demand for heating or cooling by using thermal mass. Home to the Turkish Contractors Association, it is hoped the building will bring a step-change within the environmental arena and encourage a new way of thinking in building design not just locally but nationally.
It is the seamless integration of a number of technologies that makes this development innovative: combined, they deliver a high-performance, low-energy building. The key environmental strategies include thermal mass storage via an underground labyrinth and an active integrated thermal slab with chilled beams – it is these chilled beams that allow for precise indoor climate control. In sequence, air is first drawn through the labyrinth before being preconditioned and supplied to the building through the thermal slab systems with make up the individual floor plates. The chilled beams deliver the final required air conditioning. This combined system significantly reduces the energy required to both heat and cool the building while ensuring occupant comfort.
For more information on the project please visit Turkish Contractors Association HQ Project Profile.