Did you know that the Amway Center is a LEED Gold Certified Arena? Well what does that mean exactly? The Amway Center is the first NBA facility to earn Leadership in Energy and Enviroment Design (LEED) new construction certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The arena uses 20% less energy and 40% less water than other arenas of a similar size!
Additionally, many of the points toward LEED certification for the Amway Center were earned during construction. For example, of the facility’s building materials, 15 percent are recycled and 20 percent come from local sources. About 83 percent of the wood, concrete and steel construction waste has been recycled rather than sent to a landfill.
Amway Center’s adjacent GEICO Garage was also awarded LEED silver status.
Amway Center was awarded the LEED by doing the following:
- Preferred parking for hybrids and other energy-efficient vehicles
- High-efficiency heating and cooling systems
- Ultra-low-flow toilets
- A reflective and insulated roof that reduces cooling costs
- High-tech monitoring systems that shut off the lights when a room is empty
- Bicycle racks, showers and changing rooms for workers who bike to work
- Systems to treat storm runoff before it can pollute nearby lakes
- Recycling bins for fans and concertgoers