To achieve the required GSAS certification, the design and construction teams implemented innovative sustainability initiatives such as:
selection, installation and commissioning of efficient lighting, cooling and ventilation systems. For example, the pioneering cooling technology developed in Qatar requires the stadiums be cooled only a few hours before the match and prevents hot air creeping into the venue to further reduce energy consumption. In addition, cooling can be restricted to specific areas being used – further reducing energy consumption.
installation of low-flow fixtures, leak detection systems as well as recycled-water irrigation systems for landscaping, alongside effective monitoring of water use.
Waste minimisation, use of re-used and recyclable construction materials, and
space planning and installation of waste receptacles to allow for separation, storage and removal of a number of waste streams as well as the re-use of construction materials. Stadium 974, for example, is made from approximately 1,000 modular shipping containers, which will be repurposed into a range of sporting facilities after the tournament, highlighting another innovative solution employed in FIFA World Cup stadium construction for the first time.
maintaining good indoor air quality through selection of low-toxicity materials, controlling ventilation and temperature to balance energy use with comfortable surroundings, considering factors such as acoustics, ventilation and natural light.
Minimisation of the environmental impact of construction
dust control using recycled water, noise and vibration control, minimisation of erosion, reduction of water use, waste recycling, and more. This also considers wider issues such as urban connectivity and the development of infrastructure that enables environmentally-friendly transport.
Overall, the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ stadiums are 30 percent more energy efficient and use 40 percent less water than international benchmarks (ASHRAE 90.1 and International Plumbing Code, respectively).