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Žalgiris Arena – first BREEAM certified arena in the world

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There are more than 425 thousand BREEAM certified buildings in the world, though Žalgiris arena in Kaunas, Lithuania, is the only sports arena in the world having BREEAM In-use certificate, indicating building’s environmental performance.
Žalgiris Arena was audited for 8 months consisting of two parts: assessment of the building itself and its’ management process. Arena was evaluated as “Very good”, though building’s management process has a potential to get the highest evaluation (“Outstanding”).
According to Žalgiris Arena executive director Asta Ivanauskiene, the score indicates that the building is well managed and there are plenty of space to become even “greener” and more energy-efficient.
The pursuit of BREEAM In-Use certificate led us to reduce annual electricity consumption by 2% and to make the  Arena more environmentally friendly. This certificate also obligates us to constantly monitor and collect data about energy consumption and various other parameters. It is a permanent and continuous process,” says A. Ivanauskiene.
BREEAM is the world’s most widely recognized environmental assessment method and rating system for buildings. It also includes the assessment of building’s impact for human’s health and wellbeing.
BREEAM In-Use is intended to evaluate buildings which are operated for at least two years. This certificate is a recognized “quality mark” and indicates that the building is well managed, energy-efficient and environmentally friendly.
The research by World Green Building Council (World GBC) shows that BREEAM certificate raises the value of the building by an average of 15%, while the cost of rent rises by an average of 19%.

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