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Goed Opstel Essay

5733 words - 23 pages

FIFA World Cup

Moses Mabhida Stadium
Environmental performance enhanced

By August 2008, construction of the giant arch at Moses Mabhida Stadium was progressing rapidly. However few people were aware of the behindthe-scenes efforts to ensure Durban’s signature stadium would meet the highest environmental standards.

Brooke Pattrick Publications


s one of South Africa’s 2010 FIFA World Cup match venues, Moses Mabhida Stadium is an impressive structure. Towering more than 100 m over the Durban skyline, the stadium’s structural arch forms an iconic image. As is the case with all 2010 match and training venues, members of the project team for Moses Mabhida Stadium have ...view middle of the document...

The “must haves” entailed water sub-metering, winter setback of cooling tower temperatures, energy submetering and specification of low-emitting finishes (products containing low levels of volatile organic compounds). In addition, it was recommended that the stadium invests in an enhanced buildingmanagement system (BMS). Other “should have” interventions identified were leak detection of refrigerants, high fly-ash content in concrete, high post-consumer content in steel and seating made from recycled plastic. Waterless urinals, dual-flush toilets for public use and photovoltaics for walkways were classified as “nice to haves” but not essential. More “nice to haves” entailed on-site renewable-energy projects, low-GWP refrigerants and PVC minimisation in the ducting of electric cables. The sustainability review team utilised the Sustainable Building Assessment Tool (SBAT) and a “shades of green” analysis process to determine whether or not Moses Mabhida meets sustainability performance benchmarks. These tools were, in turn, used to identify the key interventions required for the stadium to become truly green.

Moses Mabhida Stadium GREENING STADIA

Local economy Education, health & safety Efficiency Adaptability ECONOMIC Access to facilities SOCIAL Inclusive environments Capital costs Ongoing costs

Participation & control

Spectator comfort


Materials & components Site Waste


Triple-bottom-line approach
In terms of the SBAT, the performance of Moses Mabhida was measured in relation to social, economic and environmental criteria. The overall sustainability performance of the stadium was found to be good and well-balanced across the three measured areas although higher scores were achieved in relation to social criteria and lower scores for economic criteria.

Stadium performance assessed
To reach their conclusions, the review team members assessed the Moses Mabhida Stadium in accordance with the CSIR’s Sustainable Building Assessment Tool (SBAT). As sustainability deals not only with environmental performance but also social and economic issues, the SBAT tool embraces the triple-bottom-line approach. This is significantly different from the approach followed in 2006. Then Germany’s Green Goal initiative for the 2006 FIFA World Cup focused exclusively on environmental issues.

GREENING STADIA Moses Mabhida Stadium



Positive performance
With regard to the SBAT, Moses Mabhida Stadium performed well in terms of environmental, social and economic criteria.



Environment protected
In a review of the design proposals for Moses Mabhida Stadium, it was found to perform well in terms of water, energy, waste and site criteria.

Water consumption reduced
• provision of rainwater capture and pitch-water recycling systems, as well as water-efficient fittings • indigenous, waterwise plants used in 80% of the landscaping • intelligent-pitch irrigation system reduces water...

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