Sustainability has been an important part of the Copper Box Arena’s design and operation since the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
- Sustainable lighting
88 light tunnels light the main Copper Box Arena hall with natural light, saving up to 40% in energy costs.
- Sustainable building materials
3,000m2 of high recycled content copper covers the Copper Box Arena, giving the arena its distinctive name!
- Reusing water
Our non-potable water network and rainwater is used to flush the toilets within the Copper Box Arena.
- New innovations
We are now working with the University of Reading and Imperial College London to model and trial innovative approaches to reducing energy use. Including new modelling methods used to identify energy saving opportunities, and algorithms that identify energy savings on a real time basis.
This work has resulted in 59 tonnes of CO2e being saved compared to a 2014 baseline, and this continues to go down.
A lot of groundbreaking work has gone into the London Aquatics Centre to make sure the building uses the least amount of water and energy as possible.
Our energy work includes:
- Turning down all pool pumps
The training and competition pool pumps have now been turned down to 85% of their power during the day, and 70% during the night, and the diving pool maintaining at 70% 24/7 in line with its use. This keeps the water crystal clear, while saving £35,000 of energy a year.
- Upgrading the heating and cooling systems
The air conditioning in the building has been upgraded with new controls. This allows cooling using outside air when cold enough instead of using energy to cool it down, and ensures heating is only used when necessary.
- Recycling hot air
The main competition pool hall is now kept at 27 degrees C using ‘destratification fans’. These fans blow the rising warm air back down to pool level, protecting expensive equipment in the roof while making sure swimmers are the perfect temperature at pool side.
- District energy network heat reduction
The building is connected to the Park’s district energy network, which has significantly reduced the amount of heat it needs. This helps the whole network runs more efficiently, and the whole Park more energy efficient.
- New innovations for energy efficiency
Our newest innovation will be a variable flow rate chiller, which will use less energy to cool the building down, while enabling heat generated through the chilling process to heat the 50m training pool.
We’re making sure the London Aquatics Centre’s 10 million litres of water is reused as much as possible by:
- Reusing pool water for toilets
Our backwash recovery system collects water used in the pool, using it to flush all the toilets in the building. This saves nearly two Olympic swimming pools worth of water every year.
- New innovations
A new reverse osmosis system will allow us to recycle most of the pool’s water, while keeping it clean. This means less new water will need to be introduced into the pools.
This work has resulted in 601 tonnes of CO2e being saved since 2014, which continues to go down.
The Park is home to five secondary ad primary schools.
Chobham Academy is comprised of primary and secondary schools, built by the Olympic Delivery Authority in 2011. Located within the Athletes’ Village, which lies adjacent to the Park, the 15,000m2 Chobham Academy was used during the 2012 Games as both a gym and a security hub. Key features include extensive natural ventilation, connection to the Park’s district energy network and a BREEAM ‘Very Good’ rating.
Mossbourne Riverside Academy (primary school) welcomed its first pupils in September 2016. It is constructed of cross laminated timber (CLT) and achieved an 'Excellent' BREEAM rating.
Bobby Moore Academy (part of the David Ross Education Trust) will offer primary and secondary education, opening to its first pupils in September 2017. The schools are both designed to meet the BREEAM 'Excellent' standard.
Beyond ensuring the principles of sustainable design are included in the schools’ construction, London Legacy Development Corporation engages with local pupils by using the Park as a source of sustainability inspiration. LLDC has participated in the following initiatives to encourage sustainability in schools:
- Design Engineer Construct!
A built environment programme engaging college students in building design, engineering and construction. LLDC provided sustainability guidance to help students design a sustainable building for the Park.
- JP Morgan Schools Challenge
Aimed at engaging secondary school students, JP Morgan’s schools challenge encourages students to design products for the future to help reduce water consumption and waste generation. In 2016, an east London school group won the challenge with a water saving app, encouraging people to take shorter showers.
- Ashden Less CO2
A new initiative to LLDC in 2017, we are participating Ashden’s Less CO2 programme to help schools become more energy efficient themselves. The Park will be the focal point for a new east London cluster of schools, all working to reduce their energy consumption.
The new homes currently being built around the Park have been designed to be energy efficient and environmentally responsible. New developments will continue to have sustainability at the forefront of their design.
- East Wick and Sweetwater
Tremendous care has been taken by the designers in ensuring that the shape of the buildings is maximised for energy efficiency, capturing sunlight when it is cold, and reducing overheating in the summer. As with all other homes on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, East Wick and Sweetwater is connected to the district energy network, reducing the harmful carbon emissions associated with heating these homes. This neighbourhood has already won the Sustainable Construction Award from the 2016 London Construction Awards for its environmentally focussed design.
- Chobham Manor
The materials (making up the walls, windows, ceilings etc) that have been used to build the new homes within this neighbourhood have been chosen to create energy efficient spaces, reducing the amount of energy that is required to heat each home. All new homes are connected to the district energy network, with some homes also incorporating solar panels to generate their own electricity. This neighbourhood contains the first zero carbon homes on the Park.