The Brooklyn Nets are turning green

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 15:33

Already LEED-silver certified, the Barclays Center may be going even further to make the site even more eco-friendly and sustainable. Their "B Green" program already makes strides at containing the environmental consequences the arena causes with efforts underway for energy efficiency, conservation of water and recycling. Other effective technologies, like radiant heaters, are difficult to implement in such a wide open space, but besides heated flooring, there are other ways to continue to reduce the Barclays Center's carbon footprint.

Transportation hub

The focus of the main gathering point in the plaza outside the entrance of the center is a subway entrance for some of the nine rails that pass underneath, according to Sponzilli Landscaping. It's primarily made up of a green roof built at a slanted angle to support the dirt and sedum plants adorning it. Sponzilli recognizes the importance these small green areas can have in the crowded urban settings of our sprawling metropolises and their suburbs. In a jungle of concrete, it's important to set aside some spaces to provide a natural setting people can enjoy.

Green Roofs reported some of the benefits this urban vegetation can provide such as managing rainwater, controlling temperatures and improving the quality of the air. Now it seems the Barclays Center is ready to implement the green roof at a whole new level.

A new level of sustainability

The home of the Brooklyn Nets are going to be adding a whole new level of sustainability to their arena - literally. Brooklyn Magazine reported that the building may be getting another section added on top of their 130,000-square-foot roof. This will contain soil and sedum plants in a structure similar to the subway entrance. It would be one of the largest patches of green in the New York skyline and add on to energy savings for the whole arena, all while also soaking up rainwater. One of the other main effects this roof could provide would be in assisting in the absorption of sound that has been known to leak out during loud events and concerts. Residents of the neighborhood have already complained of escaping bass resulting in fines for the Barclays Center, according to the New York Daily News.

Integrating our building with green technologies not only saves the environment, but provides a healthy solution to many problems. In bustling cities like New York where the greenery is few and far between, utilizing the empty space on roofs with greenery is much better than the Barclays logo currently displayed that not many see.