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Roland-Garros, an environmentally-responsible building site

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By FFT   on   Monday 06 February 2017

Since signing an environmental commitment charter with the Ministry for Sustainable Development and the ADEME (French Agency for Environment and Energy Management) in 2008, the French Tennis Federation has carefully considered the environmental impact of all the initiatives it has put in place. The project to renovate Roland-Garros stadium is no exception. Right from the project's very conception, a decision was made to adhere to the BREEAM Bespoke criteria's "Very Good" rating in the historical part of the stadium. The BREEAM certification is now the most commonly-used standard for sustainable building certifications in the world.

The BREEAM certification

Very early on, the Roland-Garros stadium renovation project adopted an environmentally-friendly approach. In order to reinforce this commitment, the FFT decided to apply for a certification to support their integrated sustainable development strategy and chose to adhere to the BREEAM Bespoke criteria in the historical part of the stadium. This international certification assesses the environmental performance of the buildings and was the frame of reference used for the London Olympic Games in 2012.

In the case of the Roland-Garros stadium renovation project, this certification is based upon a bespoke reference document that highlights the initiatives put in place in the outdoor spaces, in addition to the buildings themselves.

The renovation of Roland-Garros stadium also features in the City of Paris' climate plan for new or heavily renovated buildings.

The project is designed to have a limited environmental impact in every way, in particular when the stadium is being used.

The "Chantier Vert" charter

In accordance with its BREEAM rating, the building work − which began in mid-October 2015 − respects the "Chantier Vert" (green building site) charter. Vinci Construction France have committed to fulfilling the requirements of this charter on two levels: on the building site and its surrounding area, and with regard to the way the site affects the environment and the local population.

Several measures have been put in place to reduce the disturbance experienced by those in contact with the site (local inhabitants and stadium occupants): training, informing and protecting site workers, informing the local inhabitants, organising the site and site facilities, and managing the visual and noise pollution.

To limit the environmental impact of the building works, protect the nearby flora and fauna, manage the waste and pollution created by the site and economise resources, various other measures have also been put in place.

Though it has been set up during the works, this ambitious programme will continue after the renovations are complete. The French Tennis Federation plans to take advantage of this new stadium project to move their sustainable development strategy up a notch. In this way, once the project is finished, Roland-Garros stadium will use less energy and water and will be more efficient at processing waste.

Read more: Roland-Garros's 15 environmental commitments

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