LEED Results - 9/12 certified for the World Cup

LEED TABLE: Green Building Certified Stadiums for the 2014 Brazil FIFA World Cup

Platinum (1)

Mineirão - Belo Horizonte

Gold (1)

Estádio Nacional de Brasília Mané Garrincha - Brasília

Silver (4)

Estádio Beira Rio - Porto Alegre

Arena Fonte Nova - Salvador

Estádio Maracanã - Rio de Janeiro

Arena Pernambuco - Recife

Certified (3)

Arena Amazônia - Manaus

Estádio Castelão - Fortaleza

Arena das Dunas - Natal (Certified post Cup - Feb 2015)

Not Certified (3)

Arena da Baixada - Curitiba

Arena Corinthians - São Paulo

Arena Pantanal - Cuiabá

Non-World Cup LEED Stadium (1)

Arena do Grêmio - Porto Alegre (Silver)

The World Cup's most important Legacy?

Although LEED Certification of Brazil's stadiums is exciting, another initiative may in fact offer a greater legacy for the country. In order for stadiums to reach higher levels of energy efficiency, and in the process earn more points in the LEED rating scale, many stadiums sought to complement their energy efficiency strategies with the generation of renewable, solar energy.

The opportunity to reach higher certification levels for stadiums for the World Cup proved to be the necessary leverage to pass a LEED compliant, net metering law (ANEEL Resolução Normativa Nº482, April 17, 2012) for stadiums, households and businesses across Brazil.

This national law sets in place the necessary rules for any household or business to become an independent solar power producer. Excess energy can be supplied to the grid when generation exceeds consumption. When consumption exceeds supply the utility draws from the renewable energy credit the household has on record. The net difference is automatically calculated for the consumer and invoiced by the utility to the household or business owner. Brazil's solar stadiums, and their fans, should become a big driver for solar adoption in the country!


What's next?


Many of Brazil's LEED Certified stadiums are already suffering from inefficient and outdated stadium operations, with little to no focus on sustainability. This is a result of lack of experience, knowledge and effort. Organizations such as the Green Sports Alliance can provide great assistance to stadium managers and operators. The USGBC (US Green Building Council) has an O&M (Operations and Maintenance) Certification program which can be very helpful to improving stadium operations - giving these facilities a better chance at achieving a meaningful legacy. All Brazil World Cup stadiums administrators should seek O&M certification as soon as possible. The GBC Brasil is also a great resource to help Operators & Owners get started as is the Green Sports Alliance.



Rio 2016 Olympic Games


The lessons learned from the organization and building efforts of the 2014 FIFA World Cup must be applied to Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The CopaVerde Plan continues to serve as a good guide for success at the event and country level.


The CopaVerde Plan for Brazil


"A competition for sustainability where everyone wins!"