Brazil is the home place of a large scale operation that modernized a sports stadium to meet greener operating standards. It is also the designated spot of the much awaited International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) 2014 World Cup.
Initially built in1965, the Mineirão Stadium located in Belo Horizonte was in need of many upgrades.
Sports stadiums use up enormous amounts of energy and materials in construction. Further, keeping them running can be costly and have a rather large, ongoing footprint.
To make this particular structure more environmentally compliant several eco-focused designs were implemented, ending in a million dollar makeover.
It is the first in the country to be equipped with a polycarbonate solar roof which covers almost the entire arena. The panels will also collect the electricity that is produced from the structure and redirect it back into the grid to be reused. Energy efficient lighting has also been installed throughout the stadium and a massive rainwater holding tank has been put in to be used for cleaning.
The newer arena features more seating for viewers and the 50,000 old seats were donated to other sports stadiums for use.
Additionally, a focus of the restoration project was to be eligible for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification, an international accreditation that recognizes and inspects quality engineering and environmentally aimed construction, which was obtained.
To watch a rundown of the building process, check out this video.
Implementing renovations that allow buildings to function at an environmentally smarter level reduces energy consumption as well as operative costs which can eventually be passed onto the ticket-purchasing onlooker.
The world of sports and spectators is one area where inducting ecologically committed changes in design can make a huge difference.
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