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Milwaukee's Fiserv Forum Earns LEED Gold Certification


By Dave Lubach Green
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The building that houses the NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks is also a symbol of sustainability excellence. 

Fiserv Forum in downtown Milwaukee achieved LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). 

The arena previously earned LEED Silver Certification in 2019, a year after it opened. In achieving Gold certification, Fiserv pursued recertification using the Arc platform to get a more comprehensive understanding of how the building performed in other areas beyond energy use, according to a press release. 

Arc allows projects to track and report energy, water, waste, transportation and human experience to evaluate a building’s performance and understand how it compares to similar structures. According to OnMilwaukee.com, Arc aligns with LEEDv4.1 for Building Operations and Maintenance: Existing Buildings rating system and is considered a performance scoring tool examining data over a 12-month timespan to inform a building’s performance in key areas.  

Arc allows owners to understand the carbon impact associated with a building’s performance over time and gives an initial score of 0-100 which can be improved throughout the year. Fiserv Forum’s score of 75 makes it among the leaders in sports and entertainment venues.  

Specific initiatives that contributed to the certification include: 

  • Building efficiency is one of the more affordable ways to curb climate change 

  • Building efficiency can significantly reduce illness and death related to air pollution.

Dave Lubach is managing editor, Facility Market.

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