The United States Green Building Council (USGBC) has certified the new Golden 1 Center as LEED Platinum, which is the highest certification level and makes the new home of the Sacramento Kings the first indoor sports venue to earn the Platinum designation.
To achieve LEED Platinum, the USGBC evaluates components such as energy management, water efficiency, environmental quality, transportation, and materials utilized. Featured sustainability practices at Golden 1 Center include its resource conservation, transportation planning, and entirely solar powered infrastructure.
With over 300 days of sunshine in Sacramento, the arena’s 1.2 megawatt solar array on the roof and an 11 megawatt solar farm 40 miles away through a SMUD partnership will generate enough power for the venue’s over 200 events throughout the year.
The AECOM-designed arena will also be the first in the world to combine the use of displacement ventilation – a reduced-energy cooling system utilizing passive climate controlled air. Five massive hangar doors above the grand entrance will open and allow the arena to use Sacramento’s natural cooling Delta Breeze to control the building’s climate efficiently.