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CommBank Stadium in Sydney announces world leading sustainability certification

Bankwest Stadium is the world’s first stadium to announce a LEED Gold v4 certification for sustainability

CommBank Stadium is the world’s first stadium to announce a LEED Gold v4 certification for sustainability

26 May 2020 – CommBank Stadium (formerly Bankwest Stadium) is the first stadium in the world to announce that it has received LEED v4 Gold certification for sustainability by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). It is also Australia’s first LEED v4 Gold building.

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), an internationally recognised accreditation system, was developed by the USGBC to promote and recognise world class sustainable building strategies and practices globally.

International engineering, design and advisory company Aurecon delivered building services, structural and civil engineering, sustainability, security and wind engineering for the stadium under a design and construction team led by Lendlease, for client Infrastructure NSW. Other members of the project team included architects Populous and urban design and landscape architects Aspect Studios. 

Aurecon Chief Executive Officer William Cox said LEED v4 certification was testament to the project’s superior green credentials and an insight into the possibilities of future sustainable design.

"This certification is only awarded to projects that achieve better environmental, economic and social outcomes. With Aurecon responsible for the stadium’s sustainable design, I look forward to seeing what else can be achieved in this exciting space as we continue to design, engineer and advise on projects that will serve our communities sustainably into the future,” said Mr Cox. LEED v4 Gold certification for CommBank Stadium recognises its many sustainable initiatives, including:

  • Water efficiency through plants and capturing rainwater through a 260,000 litre rainwater tank
  • Energy resourcefulness via effective mechanical plant efficiency and the installation of 100 kilowatts of photovoltaic solar panels
  • Connectivity to public transport
  • Activation of public spaces surrounding the stadium
  • Reduction of embodied carbon of the building through reducing the use of materials used to build as opposed to a traditional design
  • Achievement of over 90 per cent waste diversion from landfill, including recycling 700 kilograms of soft plastics from new seat covers, which have contributed to asphalt for roads and plastic wheel-stops

CommBank Stadium was delivered by the NSW Government as part of its $1.6 billion stadia strategy to improve sport and major event infrastructure across the state. Lendlease was the Head Contractor for the project, Populous managed architecture, interior design and wayfinding, Aurecon designed structural and civil engineering, wind engineering, sustainable design and building services and Aspect Studios managed urban design and landscape architecture.

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