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Russia creates new construction standard for FIFA World Cup Stadiums

Russia creates new construction standard for FIFA World Cup Stadiums

With Europe in the grips of football fever, with the 2016 UEFA European Football Championships thrilling football fans in France, preparations for the 2018 FIFA World Cup are well underway. Now, Russian authorities have implemented a sports-infrastructure game changer with pioneering  building regulations.


A new standard for the renovation and construction of football stadiums has been drawn up by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment alongside the Russia 2018 Local Organising Committee (LOC). 


Green building and sustainability is the focus of this football stadium-centric legislation. The new standard takes into account international standards, FIFA World Cup requirements, existing Russian building rules and construction regulations. Russia’s updated standards also incorporate energy efficiency and any stadium’s potential economic impact.


"Certifying stadiums in accordance with the recognised environmental standards is one of the key aspects of our sustainability strategy”, the LOC's Head of Sustainability Milana Verkhunova told FIFA. 


“The task of the team was to take the FIFA World Cup needs and goals into account and draw up a fully functioning certification system adapted to Russian specifics and requirements. Building sporting facilities in accordance to green building standards will have a big impact on their effective use in the long run, especially in regards to reducing expenditure on water and energy.”


It is that these updated stadium building guidelines will rival internationally recognised certification standards, such as BREEAM and LEED, in terms of green building. Authorities are keen for key construction players to get to grips with Russia’s latest round of eco-friendly football stadium construction and certification. 


Prior to the formal adoption of this legislature in mid-2016, the new Russian standard was presented to a whole host of affected parties. Representatives from the 2018 FIFA World Cup’s host cities, stadium managers,  contractors and design agencies attended an LOC-run workshop in Moscow in April. 


Here, they were given a run down on the new green standard’s requirements, best practices and examples of innovative eco-minded design used on prior FIFA World Cup stadiums. BREEAM and LEED certificates were presented to the workshop’s attendees for extra insight and context.


“The sustainability of FIFA World Cup stadiums is key in our efforts to stage a successful event. I am very glad that we have again been able to bring together the stadium authorities and relevant parties to discuss the ongoing work and best practices for football stadiums in Russia. We will continue our support and collaboration with all parties”, said Federico Addiechi, FIFA Head of Sustainability.


All of the stadiums being renovated or built in preparation for the 2018 FIFA World Cup are to be certified under the Russian green-building standards or one of the current international construction codes. As of June 2016, five stadium projects, including Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium, Samara Stadium, Nizhny Novogrod Stadium, Volgograd Stadium and Saransk Stadium, have already been awarded BREEAM certification for their eco-friendly designs.


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