The Maracana stadium in Brazil, which will host the 2014 World Cup finals, has received the silver LEED certificate seal. The stadium was constructed in an energy- and resource-efficient manner.
The stadium boasts approximately 2.5 thousand square metres of rooftop photovoltaic panels. These produce 400,000 kilowatt hours of solar energy, enough to supply power to 240 single family homes and supplies 9 per cent of the stadium’s power requirements, according to the website Brasilien WM 2014.
The stadium is also commended for its rainwater capture system which is used to water the football pitch and for use in the stadium’s restrooms, which are equipped with water-saving faucets and flushing systems. Together this reduces overall water consumption by 40 per cent.
The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) environmental certification is awarded by the US Green Building Council. In addition to Maracana, the stadiums in Fortaleza and Salvador have also been awarded LEED certificates.
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