Chase Center has officially achieved the United States Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification for Building Design and Construction: New Construction, it was announced today. LEED is regarded as the most widely used green building rating system in the world and provides a framework for healthy, highly efficient and cost-saving green buildings. A LEED certification represents a commitment to maintaining the highest levels of sustainability practices. To date, just 10 NBA arenas have achieved a LEED certification with only six having reached a Gold or higher level. Across the four major U.S. sports, just 31 venues have achieved a LEED certification.
Earlier this week, Chase Center also achieved the Global Biorisk Advisory Council’s (GBAC) STAR facility accreditation for adhering to the most stringent protocols for cleaning, disinfection and infectious disease prevention, making it the only major sports venue in the U.S. to receive both certifications.
Specific areas where Chase Center was recognized were:
•Sustainable Sites: Emphasizes the vital relationships between buildings and ecosystems
o Reduction in pollution and environmental impact by construction activities
o Utilization of existing infrastructure
o Availability and promotion of alternative transportation methods
o Stormwater management plan to reduce pollution of natural water flow
o Reduction of heat island effect to minimize impact on human and wildlife habitats
•Water Efficiency: Addresses environmental concerns related to building water use and disposal
o Efficient water fixtures resulting in a reduction of more than 30% in water consumption
o Combined with on-site non-potable water use, Chase Center was able to reduce water consumption by over 84%
o An efficient irrigation system that resulted in 63% savings in water consumption
o Reduction in potable water use for building sewage conveyance by over 100%
•Energy and Atmosphere: Addresses improving building energy performance, reducing environmental impact of refrigerants and supporting renewable energy
o A 37.3% energy cost reduction over the baseline
o Minimal use of refrigerants to reduce ozone depletion
•Materials and Resources: Addresses environmental concerns related to materials selection, waste disposal and waste reduction
o Reduction of waste generated by the arena through a focus on recycling and composting
o A construction waste management plan that resulted in 87% of construction and demolition waste being diverted from landfills
o Use of building materials that were manufactured using recycled materials
o Use of regional materials to reduce environmental impacts from transportation
•Indoor Environmental Quality: Addresses environmental concerns related to indoor environmental quality; occupant health, safety, and comfort; air change effectiveness and air contaminant management.
o Indoor air quality performance rating
o A ventilation system that promotes occupant comfort and well-being
o A construction indoor air quality management plan to promote the well-being of construction workers
•Innovation in Design: Recognizes projects that go over and above standards included in the LEED rating system
o A transportation management plan that resulted in a significant reduction in personal automobile use
o Water reduction of over 84%
In addition to achieving a LEED Gold rating, in June 2019 the Warriors and Chase Center showed their commitment to sustainability by becoming the first NBA team to sign the UN Sports for Climate Action Initiative in an effort to combat global climate change.
About Chase Center
Chase Center is an award-winning 18,064-seat sports and entertainment arena in San Francisco’s Mission Bay neighborhood that is home to the six-time NBA champion Golden State Warriors and hosts a variety of concerts, family shows and special performances. Easily accessible by foot, bicycle or mass transit, Chase Center anchors Thrive City—a privately financed, multipurpose complex consisting of 3.2 acres of publicly accessible plazas and unique restaurant and retail locations, in addition to year-round health and wellness programming such as Get Fit clinics, yoga sessions, farmer’s markets and much more.