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A bright green future for the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia


With the excitement of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil now over, focus turns to the 2018 event that will take place in Russia.


Six of the new stadiums that will be constructed for the tournament are being assessed under BREEAM to help drive the sustainable design and construction of the venues, and provide international recognition for their achievement.


Ksenia Agapova, Associate Director at Jones Lang Lasalle in Moscow, is acting as BREEAM advisor on three projects; the stadiums at Samara, Volgograd and Nizhniy Novgorod.


Agapova advises:

The FIFA World Cup 2018 stadiums, designed to BREEAM standards, will raise the bar of sustainable design and construction in Russia. Regulations in green building are not well developed here and few incentives exist for implementation of green technologies. It is a significant achievement for the design team to receive this international recognition and prove compliance with highest international standards. We are looking forward to successful completion of these projects and expected increased public awareness of green building, as these venues attract a lot of attention.


During the preparation of the design briefs for the stadia, a series of consultations were undertaken with representatives from the local communities, business groups, football clubs, the organising committee and local authorities. Experience of construction of other sports venues was applied in the form of design guidance from FIFA, as well as learning from similar projects around the world. Information about the  project and construction process is published on a regular basis online and is publically available through a knowledge-sharing platform to ensure knowledge transfer from one project to another.


Sustainable features of the stadium designs include:

  • Highly energy efficient lighting designed to achieve international best practice standards for light quality, with automated lighting controls to reduce energy bills
  • Overall energy consumption of 40% less than a comparable baseline building, with savings achieved through reduced building fabric U-values, efficient heating with heat recovery, and efficient ventilation with CO2 sensors in premises when unpredictable occupancy patterns can occur
  • Facilities for segregated waste collection, including organic waste storage and packaging, together with a compactor
  • All WC’s equipped with water-saving fixtures and valves to prevent uncontrollable water leakage, which is very common for large venues
  • Public transport information points to help visitors travel more sustainably, with site layouts designed to prevent the intersection of pedestrian, parking and delivery pathways
  • Ecological and biodiversity studies, which go above typical local construction practice requirements, with measures to enhance local biodiversity


BREEAM has previously been used extensively in the sporting field, including the Olympic venues for London 2012, and a range of other sports stadia around the world.



BREEAM is the internationally-recognised measure of sustainability for buildings and communities. Over 250,000 buildings have been certified around the world and over a million are registered for certification. BREEAM helps to drive the sustainable performance and value of a property asset and developments as a whole, and the scheme is developed across Europe through a family of National Scheme Operators including BREEAM UK, NL, DE, ES, SE and NOR. More information at


Image credit: Saransk Stadium, Image: Gradproject CJSC Moscow.