Approaches on Embodied Energy Within the Context of Sustainability and Their Impacts on Architectural Preservation

Sayan M., vol.3, no.75, pp.81-89, 2022 (Non Peer-Reviewed Journal)

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 3 Issue: 75
  • Publication Date: 2022
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  • Journal Indexes: Design & Applied Arts Index
  • Page Numbers: pp.81-89
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Sustainability, as one of the most-discussed issues of the modern society, has a wide range of effects both on academic environment and daily life. It is one of these concepts that architecture industry couldn’t be unconcerned with since the last quarter of the 20th century. Lately, the architectural preservation is also in question in terms of its role and contribution to the global objectives of sustainability. Herein, other related concepts such as embodied and operational energy seems to be the key factors since they determine the advantages or disadvantages of the reuse of historical buildings over new constructions. This paper discusses the theoretical bond that has been established between mentioned concepts and architectural preservation, in order to reveal the effects arising from this coexistence on this discipline. Some problematic areas in practice, conflicting with the principles of architectural preservation will be underlined. As prominent tools to direct the architecture industry towards sustainable future, some examples of green building certifications will be introduced to crystallize this conflict.