The new Santa Clara Stadium is aiming for the top score during its LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification in preparation for next year’s football season. The home of the San Francisco 49ers football team is hoping to become the first pro football venue certified by LEED, with a particular eye to scoring silver, gold, or even platinum status.
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a rating system run by the U.S. Green Building Council. It covers interior elements, water conservation land use, and many other factors pertaining to sustainabile operations.
The Santa Clara Stadium features both modest and groundbreaking LEED features. It deploys the first green roof in pro football history to insulate the stadium’s luxury suites; three “solar bridges,” a solar canopy above Santa Clara Stadium’s aforementioned green roof; and a solar installation on the 49ers training center.
The Stadium will also offer access to alternative transportation such as public transit, bicycle parking, and a connection to a popular bike route.
Football enthusiasts will not be the only ones who can enjoy these LEED features. The Santa Clara Stadium is designed to be a multi-purpose venue that can host concerts and civic events just as well as sports.
LEED founding partner NRG, the largest electricity generator in the United States provided guidance and planning on energy-related matters.
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