The Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta has become the first professional sports stadium to earn LEED platinum certification. It can power up to nine professional American football games with solar energy.
The Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia received a LEED score of 88 points, more than any other sports facility in the world. Created by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is one of the most popular green building certification programmes used in the world. Platinum is the highest possible certification.
Opened in August 2017 and home to the NFL team the Atlanta Falcons and the American soccer team Atlanta United, the sports and entertainment venue boasts unique sustainability solutions for water, lighting and energy.
It uses 47 per cent less water than baseline standards for stadiums and reduces energy usage by up to 60 per cent thanks to LED lighting. With 4,000 solar PV panels, it can power nine Atlanta Falcons games or 13 Atlanta United matches with renewable energy. It even includes alternative transportation options, such as a bike valet programme on event days and EV charging stations with the capacity to charge up to 48 electric cars at the same time.
“We set out to build a venue that would not only exceed expectations, but also push the limits of what was possible in terms of stadium design, fan experience and sustainability,” said Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United Owner and Chairman Arthur Blank.
“We set a goal of achieving the highest LEED rating because it was the right thing to do for our city and the environment and with this achievement, we have a powerful new platform to showcase to the industry and to our fans that building sustainably and responsibly is possible for a venue of any type, size and scale.”
The stadium hosts more than 50 major events per year, and the LED lighting and highly-efficient water and energy use and conservation strategies are expected to lead to significant operational savings over the building’s long-term lifespan.
Image credit: screenshot Mercedes-Benz Stadium video on LEED Platinum certification