The first BREEAM outstanding awarded project in Turkey

Kanyon has become Turkey’s first building to achieve an Outstanding rating for building management under BREEAM In-Use International. Kanyon won the BREEAM In-Use Award in 2013 and the BREEAM Retail In-Use Award in 2016.

Kanyon Featured BRE Group

BREEAM Outstanding 85%
In-Use International
Architect: Tabanlioglu Architects and Jerde Partnership International
Client: Eczacibasi Group and Is Real Estate Investment Trust
Contractor: Eczacibasi Group Pharmaceutical and Industrial Investment
Assessor Company: Turkeco Construction and Energy Inc.

About the Asset

Kanyon is an innovative, mixed-use property development offering a healthy and modern lifestyle in the heart of Istanbul. Inaugurated in May 2006, Kanyon is an equal share joint venture between Eczacibasi Group and Is Real Estate Investment Trust. Several well known national and international companies were involved in this $200 million project, including Jerde Partnership International, Tabanlioglu Architects, Arup Engineering and Tepe Construction. The BREEAM Assessors are Turkeco Construction and energy.

Kanyon is one of Europe’s largest multifunctional centres, comprising:

kanyon-web-2A mixed residential and business community
Kanyon has 179 residential apartments, ranging from 80 m2 studios to 380 m2 duplexes, which were designed by interior architects Sevil Peach and Brigitte Weber. Overlooking the long and curving expanse of the Kanyon project, the business tower offers 30,000 m2 of rental office space on 25 floors, with floor plates averaging 1,167 m2.

Open-air shopping and entertainment
Kanyon’s residences and business tower oversee four levels of retail space. The 40,812 m2 open-air shopping area is lined with 157 boutiques, numerous restaurants, cafes, bars, a cinema, health and fitness centre, gourmet market and an outdoor performance area. This shopping experience is anchored by the world-famous fashion store Harvey Nichols, and the introduction of new brands to Turkey. Creating a whole new approach to shopping, Kanyon attracts some 35 thousand visitors daily.

Why did this building undergo BREEAM In-Use Certification?

The team behind this project aimed to set an example in Turkey of how sustainability can have a positive effect on a building’s management and its users’ quality of life.

In 2012 Kanyon became the first project to achieve an Excellent rating under BREEAM In-Use, reflecting a long term commitment to sustainability and innovative performance. In 2015, Kanyon has become Turkey’s first building to achieve an Outstanding rating for building management under BREEAM In-Use International. Kanyon won the BREEAM In-Use Award in 2013 and the BREEAM Retail In-Use Award in 2016.

“Kanyon aims to be a pioneer in reducing energy use, water consumption and waste, via an innovative and comprehensive management strategy. Investing in sustainability has resulted in 11% annual savings in energy costs. BREEAM was the most suitable tool for assessing the environmental aspects of our design and building management performance, and will guide us in improving our sustainable projects. Achieving high BREEAM scores helps and encourages our tenants and staff to participate in sustainability activities.” Tuncer Kinikli, Operations Director of Kanyon Facilities Management and Marketing

Green Strategy and Environmental Features


BREEAM In-Use scores achieved include:

Part 1 Asset:

  • Waste: 100%
  • Land Use & Ecology: 100%
  • Materials: 100%
  • Transport: 100%
  • Health & Wellbeing: 79%
  • Water: 77%

Part 2 Building Management:

  • Materials: 100%
  • Land Use & Ecology: 100%
  • Pollution: 97%
  • Management: 96%
  • Health & Wellbeing: 91%
  • Energy: 78%

Kanyon’s environmental management system is certificated to ISO 14001. The development’s key features are listed in the below BREEAM categories:

A co-generation system meets 10% of the space heating demand, and 35% of the building’s hot water demand is met from solar panels. Most of the existing lighting fixtures have been changed to LEDs. The combination of a heat recovery system in fresh air units, efficient cooling systems and the widespread provision of daylighting, reduces energy consumption by 45%.

The property’s building management system (BMS) monitors, controls and optimises energy and water consumption in all spaces. Energy consumption from space heating, cooling, fans, humidification, lighting and small power systems is monitored by the BMS. The data gathered is compared with consumption targets and publicly reported.

Consumption monitoring and isolation valves reduce the demand for potable water. Rainwater and grey water are collected for use in public toilets and landscape irrigation.

A healthy indoor environment is fostered through the specification of low-solvent and water-based products for cleaning and painting, high levels of natural light and fresh air, COdetectors to monitor indoor environment quality, internal and external lighting luminescence levels that meet national guidance best practice levels, and an acoustic performance that meets appropriate best practice standards.

Kanyon has a waste management system with collection points for glass, paper and other recyclable materials, waste food from restaurants and cafes, and electronic waste.

Kanyon is within walking distance of public transport networks, and cyclist facilities are provided to reduce transport-related emissions and traffic congestion.

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