Brazilian Construction Firm Builds World’s Second Platinum Certified LEED Sports Arena


Mineirao Arena, built by Brazilian construction company, Construcap has achieved a platinum LEED certification for sustainability. The soccer stadium is only the second sports facility constructed in over a decade to have platinum LEED certification. Construction by Construcap was completed in 2013. Certification was done by the US Green Building Council.  The YouTube video titled “Construcap – Obra em Humaitá” really highlights the positive work that they have undertaken.



USGBC oversaw the construction and planning of Mineirao Arena and certified all work for the arena with its seal. This is necessary for a project to qualify for an LEED rating. The following criteria was taken into account for determining the LEED sustainability rating of the stadium built by Construcap. They included water usage, indoor air quality, energy efficiency and supply, recycling, reuse of materials, the use of new technology and meeting the needs of local people.


The LEED rating system consists of two parts which were met during the completion of Mineirao Arena. The first part is known as prerequisites. This part must be met by projects in order to have an LEED seal and rating. The second part is known as credits. They are optional, but the more credit points a project has, the higher its LEED rating will be. Platinum LEED rated projects have 80 or more credits out of a maximum of 110. This was achieved during the building of the sport facility by Construcap.


Here are some of the features of the new sports facility that have helped the project achieve the platinum LEED certification. Architecturally, the stadium was created to be airy and to maximize the effects of air conditioning. This leads to less energy being used and improves the indoor air quality. A rain water catchment system was also built into the stadium. It supplies the water used for urinals and toilets at the arena. It is also used to irrigate the soccer field and green spaces at the facility. This rainwater catchment system reduces water consumption by up to 70%.


Electricity is provided by solar panels that generate enough energy to supply over 1,200 homes. Automated electrical equipment helps to ensure energy efficiency. A waste collection and reclamation system allows up to 90% of wastewater to be reused over again. The rainwater catchment system can also hold up to five million liters of water. This should be enough for a three month period in times of drought.  Construcap details information about all of their projects, on their website.