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San Mamés: a sustainable stadium

The San Mamés stadium is the first European construction to have obtained LEED certification.

Therefore, we can say that San Mamés is a sustainable stadium. The San Mamés stadium can be considered many things. From the perfect building in Bilbao for events and conferences in Bilbao, to a venue for rock concerts or the venue for the European rugby finals. But we can also say that it is a sustainable Stadium.

San Mamés obtains sustainable stadium certification

The LEED sustainable building certificate is one of many that the San Mamés stadium has obtained since its inauguration. “The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) programme is a US Green Building Council building certification system, devised in the United States in 1998, which encourages the construction and future development of sustainable buildings. Via Structuralia.” Among the awards and recognition that the San Mamés stadium has received are the award for the best sports building in the world and certification that accredits it as a pioneer in football safety. There is no doubt that San Mamés is much more than a football stadium. The certification assesses the degree of sustainability of buildings based on:

  1. The categories of integration on the plot.
  2. Savings of water and energy.
  3. Use of materials with a low environmental impact.
  4. Quality of the indoor environment.
  5. Innovation and design.

It is also the most important international certification in this area, according to the engineering firm IDOM, the company responsible for the design and construction of the stadium. But San Mamés is not the only one. There are other sustainable stadiums, such as the following:

  1. The Aviva Stadium in Dublin. On of the reasons why it is considered a sustainable stadium is that it collects rainwater and reuses it to irrigate the pitch.
  2. Morro da Mineira in Rio de Janeiro. This sustainable stadium has more than 200 tiles with kinetic technology, which converts the movement of the players into energy to power the spotlights.
  3. Signal Iduna Park in Dortmund. It has a system that turns solar power into electricity
  4. The Amsterdam Arena in Amsterdam has Zen energy thanks to 4,200 solar panels on the roof and it also reuses rain water.


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