A sustainable sports complex

A sustainable sports complex

The Espai Barça is the first sports complex in the centre of a major city that has obtained the German DGNB pre-certification, a system for evaluating and certifying sustainability, which considers environmental, economic and cultural aspects of the buildings.

The Espai Barça project will become a referent in sustainability and an example is the demolition of the Miniestadi, which was carried out mechanically in order to re-production and recycling the 80% of its materials. The Camp Nou will also apply a waste recycling plan that will reuse the materials of the rehabilitation for future infrastructures. FC Barcelona has worked on the sustainability and environmental aspects of the Espai Barça project from a holistic point of view, thinking about the whole space and buildings that form the project in a transversal way and not independently. The solutions that it will employ will be aligned with the strategies being taken by the city of Barcelona. The Club has been supported by the Collegi Oficial d’Enginyers Industrials de Catalunya (COEIC) to certify the project in accordance with the certification system for sustainable urban districts called DGNB, an internationally recognized German certification.

Pre-certification was granted in September of 2016, making the Espai Barça the first sports complex in the centre of a major city to obtain this level of precertification. Obtaining this pre-certification demonstrates the Club is ambitious in the area of environmental performance and provides an objective, internationally recognized assessment of that ambition.

 DGNB requirements are being used as a guidance during the design and construction phases of the project with the objective to obtain a DGNB Gold Certification, or higher, when the Project is completed.

What makes the Espai Barça unique is its location within the city of Barcelona. This is an opportunity to create a well-integrated urban space to be enjoyed by everyone, the Barça Campus. At the same time, the re-use of existing infrastructure turns out to be the best environmental option. 

FC Barcelona works together with the city of Barcelona as well as with its neighbours towards a shared vision on sustainability, social issues and smart technologies.

Key approaches:

The key concepts where for which we are developing sustainability strategies are:

  • Electricity
  • Water circulation
  • Urban microclimate
  • Smart City District
  • Mobility integration
  • Waste management

From a holistic approach to sustainability, all these sustainability concepts can be classified in three groups, Green Barça, Social Barça and Smart Barça.

Green Barça

  • Energy: It is imperative for today´s buildings to operate in an energy efficient way. The design teams are working towards clear CO2 emissions reduction targets using efficient technology and incorporating photovoltaic panels for the generation of renewable energy.

  • Water: By installing efficient equipment and using both rainwater and greywater, FC Barcelona will need less potable municipal water. And to minimize the risk of flooding during extreme weather events, the design teams will incorporate low impact development strategies in the Barça Campus.

  • Materials: To minimize environmental impact related to the materials used in the project, existing structures will be re-used as much as possible while new materials used are evaluated according to environmental criteria using a material passport. 

Social Barça

  • Comfort, Health and Accessibility: The new Campus Barça will greatly improve the comfort of spectators and visitors in both exterior and interior spaces.  Accessibility for all is enhanced through barrier-free design.

  • Urban integration: The integration of the Campus in the surrounding urban fabric will create a permeable, attractive space for both visitors and neighbours.

  • Communication: Since the early stages of the project, FC Barcelona has worked closely with both the City of Barcelona and the neighbours to make sure their concerns are being addressed. By working together, we can create a better urban space for everyone to enjoy.

Smart Barça

  • Smart construction: For the design and building process, Building Information Management technology is being used.

  • Smart operations: Once completed, an integrated building management system (BMS) will allow for a more efficient operation of all buildings on the Campus.

  • Smart experience: Smart technologies such as paperless ticketing and wireless payment will enhance the experience of visitors.



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