Stavros Niarchos Cultural Center earns top environmental certification

Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) has received a Platinum level LEED certification, the highest possible rating for environmentally conscious and sustainable buildings, accredited by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the organization that has developed the leading international certification system for green buildings.

LEED certification verifies that a building was designed and constructed following rigorous principles of sustainable construction and environmentally innovative practices that focus, among other metrics, on water and energy efficiency, reduction of CO2 emissions, indoor environmental quality and the rational management of resources.

“Platinum LEED certification is a unique and challenging distinction to achieve. USGBC points out that out of all green buildings certified worldwide only a small percentage has attained platinum designation. The SNFCC is the first cultural project of such scale to earn the LEED Platinum Certification in Europe and Greece,” SNFCC said in a press release.

The SNFCC, designed by the Renzo Piano Building Workshop, is a project that includes the construction and complete outfitting of new facilities for the National Library of Greece and the Greek National Opera as well as the creation of the 210,000 m² Stavros Niarchos Park, located on the edge of Faliro Bay in Athens, Greece.

“Natural resources, energy saving, observing the breeze, catching the sun. All those things have been in the DNA of the SNFCC in Athens right from the very beginning,” said Renzo Piano, the project’s architect.

“I am pleased and honored that we have received the Platinum LEED recognition. This is the best you can have in making buildings today. This excellence joins the profound ethic of the Centre to be a place for people, for art, for culture and for environment.”