In November, Mercedes-Benz Stadium was recognized with LEED Platinum certification. Created by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the most widely used green building rating system. Home to the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta United of MLS and many of the world’s top sports and entertainment events, Mercedes-Benz Stadium is the first professional sports stadium in the world to achieve LEED Platinum Certification and has obtained more points than any other sports facility in the world with 88 total points.
Opened in August 2017, the new world-class sports and entertainment venue is renowned for its bold design and eye-catching features, however, the two-million square foot stadium’s unique sustainability solutions for water, lighting and energy conservation, as well as community programs and stewardship, have been a key part of the building’s innovation story from day one.
“We set out to build a venue that would not only exceed expectations, but also push the limits of what was possible in terms of stadium design, fan experience and sustainability,” Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United Owner and Chairman Arthur Blank notes. “We set a goal of achieving the highest LEED rating because it was the right thing to do for our city and the environment and with this achievement, we have a powerful new platform to showcase to the industry and to our fans that building sustainably and responsibly is possible for a venue of any type, size and scale.”
Mercedes-Benz Stadium’s key sustainability achievements include:
Mercedes-Benz Stadium’s sustainable design was born from the vision and commitment of Arthur Blank, who has been a leader in sustainable and socially responsible building practices in Atlanta for many years. Blank built the first LEED Gold building in Georgia in 2004 – the Arthur M. Blank Family Office in the Buckhead neighborhood of Atlanta, GA. Many of Mercedes-Benz Stadium’s partners made tremendous contributions to bring the vision of creating the most sustainable sports stadium to life, including MBS lead architect HOK, the stadium’s solar provider and official sustainability partner Georgia Power, and sustainability consultant, Ecoworks Studio.
“By achieving LEED Platinum, Mercedes Benz Stadium is showing fans and the larger Atlanta community that the Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United leadership is committed to creating a space that is healthier and more sustainable,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO, USGBC and Green Business Certification, Inc. (GBCI). “We commend Mr. Blank and his leadership team for raising the bar for their industry, creating a better experience for fans, and for helping to transform the built environment.”
The building’s LED lighting and highly-efficient water and energy use and conservation strategies will also lead to significant operational savings over the long-term lifespan of Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which hosts more than 50 major events per year as well as daily public tours and private events.