The world is on alert for the climate crisis! Izocam, on 8 November World Urbanism Day, aims to both save money by reducing rising energy costs and achieve the "energy efficient cities" target of the future.
World Urbanism Day was celebrated on 8 November with events organized on the urbanization agenda of Turkey and the world. Leading the insulation industry in Turkey for 56 years, Izocam drew attention to the importance of insulation on this important day in order to save money by reducing rising energy costs and to create “energy efficient cities” that the future needs.
Greenhouse gas emissions, which are increasing day by day, trigger global warming and pave the way for the climate crisis. In order for us to achieve our goal of a more livable world in the future, we need to reduce energy use soon and start using our existing resources much more efficiently. The concept of “energy efficient cities” that emerged with this awareness reveals the necessity of determining energy policies with a strategic approach on a global basis for living spaces free from ecological problems.
Stating that the countries of the world have signed international agreements for zeroing greenhouse gas emissions, which is one of the most important steps in line with this goal, Izocam General Director Murat Savcı; “The European Union (EU), which aims to reduce carbon emissions by 2030 percent by 1990 compared to 55 levels and to make the European continent the first carbon-neutral continent by 2050, has determined its roadmap with the 'Fit For 14 Package' published on 55 July. Accordingly, in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 2030 percent by 55, emissions in the building sector must be reduced by 60 percent. Most emissions from buildings come from general space heating and cooling. At this point, the importance of insulation in buildings comes into play. Insulation is our most important shield in the fight against the global warming and climate crisis that awaits our world.”
With the Paris Agreement, which was prepared on the basis of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, it is aimed to keep the global temperature increase as low as 2 degrees Celsius, if possible, at the level of 1,5 degrees, compared to the pre-industrial period. In the agreement, unlike the Kyoto Protocol, the parties are required to set emission reduction and limitation targets by presenting their national contribution declarations (Intended Nationally Determined Contribution/INDC). By updating the national contribution declarations of Turkey, which has recently joined the Paris Agreement ratification, for the 2030 target; It is planned to reintroduce emission reduction targets in the “energy, waste, transportation, buildings, agriculture” sectors.
Along with the INDC declaration in Turkey, the requirement for newly constructed residential and service buildings to be constructed in an energy efficient manner in accordance with the Energy Performance Regulation in Buildings brought the obligation to reduce energy consumption over the years by creating an Energy Performance Certificate (EKB) in buildings. Pointing out that the EKB requirement, which came into force last year, is an important factor in determining the value of buildings in terms of thermal insulation; “We now know that EKB must be presented during the purchase, sale or even rental of buildings. In new buildings, the EKB class is expected to be the lowest C class, new buildings that are not built according to thermal insulation standards and with an Energy Performance Certificate lower than C can no longer get a license. EPC is an issue that should be considered not only for new buildings, but also for old buildings. If thermal insulation is taken into account during the renovation of old buildings, the EKB class can be increased and the value of the house will increase, and a savings of more than 60 percent will be achieved in natural gas bills for the households here.
Noting that the most important factor that determines the comfort of life in a house is to reach the right thermal values with the right insulation, the prosecutor said, “The right insulation; It refers to the application of insulation in the appropriate material and thickness, as specified by the regulations, taking into account the fire risk, flammability load and sound insulation values of the buildings while performing thermal insulation. While the right insulation increases the value of buildings and residences, it also raises the living standards of cities; It also contributes to the country's economy," he said.
As a country that imports more than half of the energy we consume, the prosecutor underlined that "energy efficient cities" will also make a great contribution to the country's economy; “When we look at Turkey, we see that our energy imports amounted to 2019 billion dollars in 41,2, constituting 202,7% of the total imports of 20,3 billion dollars. In the first 2020 months of 9, our energy imports amounted to 21,5 billion dollars and 156,2% of our total imports of 13,7 billion dollars. At this level, we can say that energy imports constitute the most important part of our foreign trade deficit. When we look at the data of the Turkish Statistical Institute, Turkey's energy import bill was realized as 2021 billion 8 million dollars in the first quarter of 695. In the last 10 years, the cost of total energy imports to the country's economy is over 450 billion dollars. Energy efficiency and good insulation practices are essential in order to reduce the current account deficit to lower levels and to reduce our dependence on foreign energy.”
Stating that they have adopted energy efficiency as the most important agenda item, Izocam General Director Murat Savcı also underlined the relationship between insulation-energy efficiency-multi-comfort houses. Prosecutor; “The highest energy efficiency is achieved with multi-comfort buildings. Multi-comfort buildings, which derive from the concept of a house with near-zero energy, aim for bio-climatic design and take into account sustainable, ecological, economic and social factors, offer maximum thermal comfort with high energy savings. Multi-comfort buildings, which can accommodate extremely flexible design solutions both indoors and outdoors, providing perfect acoustic and visual comfort, quality indoor air, fire protection and safety, aim to provide at least 90 percent energy savings compared to an uninsulated building.