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12. February 2013

LEED Gold for “green court” in Brazil

Brazil is not only gearing up for two major sporting events – the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games. The country is also preparing itself for the future in terms of environmental protection. As such, the planners of the sporting venues were given the task of creating ecologically sustainable "green buildings". However, the first public building in Brazil to receive gold is a courthouse, the "Tribunal de Justiça do Distrito Federal e dos Territórios" (TJDFT), which was awarded the much coveted LEED Gold Certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). After considering many sustainable materials for the facade, the Brazilian architect Siegbert Zanettini ultimately decided on stainless steel mesh from the leading international technical weaving operation GKD – Gebr. Kufferath AG.

Brazil, the fifth largest country in the world, is legendary for its architectural highlights. The capital city Brasilia was constructed in around 1,000 days between 1956 and 1960 based on a design by Oscar Niemeyer. The centre of this massive retort city has been a world heritage site since 1987 and some 3.5 million people today live in the artificially created metropolis. Breathtakingly futuristic buildings made of concrete, glass and steel shape the face of the city. And just like the country’s other cities, the concept of sustainable building is now also starting to take hold in Brasilia. The infrastructure and stadiums to be constructed for the 2014 World Cup are regulated by a strict agenda of sustainability. Given Brazil’s tropical to subtropical climate, the booming construction industry also recognises the vast ecological and economic potential of resource-saving, energy-efficient buildings in the office, hotel and residential construction sector. A sudden increase in LEED certification inquires and awards – with Brazil currently holding 4th place worldwide – serve to effectively underline this.

Pictures 1-4 © GKD/Zanettini Arquitetura

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