The paper focuses on the LEED rating system of Diyarbakır Houses to an assessment with respect to “Innovation
in Design Process and Location & Linkages”, assuming to conduct a trial of the building assessment and
certification systems, which were highly popular in Europe and in the U.S. in the 1990s and in Turkey in the
2000s, on the “traditional building”, to bring a criticism of and suggestions to the LEED credits in connection
with environmentalist design criteria, and to be able to determine that these credits, which are limited in the first
place, may already be part of the design of traditional buildings in Turkey. Three different typological houses of
Diyarbakır were selected for the research and detail evaluated with the scope of LEED for Homes credits. Using
this assessment system, old Diyarbakır houses known to involve many successful solutions in terms of factors
related to the environment and the user were assessed. The assessment revealed the fact that these houses, which
are in harmony with the environment, are energy-efficient, use water and resources optimally, are successful in
waste management, meet their users’ biological, psychological and social needs and do not cause health
problems for their users’ and the environment scored low in LEED.
Keywords: LEED, Design Process, Location, Linkages, Diyarbakır Houses.
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