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When the NFL's Atlanta Falcons move into their new stadium for the 2017 season, the team will play in the league’s first-ever LEED Platinum building.
The stadium is considered the first major U.S. football facility to pursue LEED v4 credits and expects to save more than 40 percent in energy use, according to an article on inhabitat.com.
Mercedes-Benz Stadium will be powered by solar energy and capture rainwater for reuse in the cooling tower and in irrigation of the landscape and trees around the retractable roofed facility. The stadium will use waterless urinals and projects to use 42 percent less water than the team’s current home, the Georgia Dome.
The use of solar panels, LED lighting and energy monitoring equipment will help further reduce energy costs, and the retractable roof also helps bring more natural light and ventilation. Alternative transportation also will play a big role in the stadium’s energy conservation efforts, as three rail line stations are located less than a mile from the stadium, and a bike trail network and walking paths also incorporate routes that include the stadium land.
This quick read was submitted by Dave Lubach, associate editor for Facility Maintenance Decisions. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit www.facilitiesnet.com/energyefficiency for more articles on the topic.