Sustainability is definitely on the agenda vis-à-vis the organisation of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. One of the requirements made by the Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES), in order to grant financing of up to R$ 400 million per venue, was that the ground should strive to be awarded environmental certificates during construction.
This is evident at the Castelão in Fortaleza. In order to be awarded the LEED certificate, issued by the Green Building Council to sustainable buildings, a number of interventions were made. Among them, a recycling plant was set up at the building site. Through it, 36 thousand tons of concrete from the demolition of part of the old stadium were reused in paving the new car park.
Good part of the old metal structures and the steel of the rooftop cover were separated and forwarded for recycling. Materials in good condition were donated. Thirteen cities benefitted from the donation of almost 60 thousand seats, electronic scoreboards, lawn and the overhead cover of the benches.
In order to ensure that the building site's surrounding remained clean and avoid soil abrasion, a system for washing the wheels of lorries was implemented.
Capture of rainwater
A system for capturing rainwater and using it for irrigating the pitch and in the lavatories was implemented. The toilet seats use a vacuum system, same system used in aircrafts, which saves up to 90% of water that would be used in a normal system.
“The stadium was designed to be a green building. The rooftop cover offers thermal comfort and the white colour reflects sun rays. Furthermore, all wood used is certified”, said Silvio Andrade, President of the Castelão Arena, in charge of the stadium'’ refurbishment and operation until 2018.
Automatic light sensors provide smart lightning and avoids waste. Even the car park is environmentally conscious, with special spaces reserved for those who car pool, vehicles that run on renewable fuel and bicycles for employees.
See the full coverage of the Castelão's delivery ceremony:
» Castelão is the first 2014 World Cup Stadium to be delivered
» See details of Castelão's architecture project
» Modern, retract and resistant seats
» Accessibility: 2,4% of Castelão capacity will be reserved for wheel chair users, people with reduced mobility and obese people
» The pitch at the Castelão will be closer; the ground will also have big screens and changing rooms for up to four teams
» Security system at the Castelão has 240 cameras
» Shops and restaurants at the Castelão will open even when there are no matches
Gustavo Cunha – World Cup Portal