Russia has chosen to have its energy efficiency aptitudes tested against BREEAM sustainability standards as it continues to prepare for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology) is an international measure for sustainability in buildings, with more than 250,000 certified buildings. The certification has been used extensively in the sporting field, including during the 2012 London Olympics.
Nizhny Novgorod football stadium
Six BREEAM-assessed stadiums (including Samara, Volgograd and Nizhniy Novgorod) will feature reduced energy consumption of 40% less than that of a comparable baseline building, with energy-efficient floodlights, efficient heating and heat recovery.

Welcoming the decision to go with BREEAM, Jones Lang Lasalle’s associate director Ksenia Agapova, who is acting as BREEAM’s advisor on three of the projects, said: ‘Regulations in green building are not well developed here and few incentives exist for implementation of green technologies.’

At the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, six stadiums achieved LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification, with the Estadio Mineirão in Belo Horizonte the first World Cup stadium to be powered entirely by solar power.