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TSC Eintracht Dortmund: Towards a zero energy building

The oldest sports club in the City of Dortmund – TSC Eintracht Dortmund – is aiming to turn its sports centre into a so-called zero energy building by the time of the 175th anniversary of its founding in 2023. To meet this target, energy consumption will be reduced and the remaining energy requirement met entirely by power generated on the spot. Already the club has taken the first steps towards energy self-sufficiency.

The TSC Eintracht Dortmund Sports Club offers its 7,000-odd members a comprehensive sport programme with around 100 options in popular and competitive sports. Members of all ages take part in individual or team sports in different sports locations throughout Dortmund. For its jubilee year in 2023, the TSC and its members plan, in addition to its anniversary celebrations, to reach another milestone: the Club’s sports centre is to be developed into a zero energy building, with the electricity and heating requirements entirely generated on the premises.

Climate protection objective:

  • Extension of building automation and renewal of building insulation
  • Energy generation on the spot through use of renewable energies
  • Extension of club members’ bicycle storage facilities
  • Improvement in club’s waste sorting
  • Promotion of e-mobility and increased use of public transport for club journeys
  • Stronger focus on sustainability in purchase of sport equipment and clothing

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Foto: Ekkehart Reinsch

A leading-edge product has made an impact on the playing fields. The innovative AquaSaving system provides the fields with outstanding playing comfort with, among other advantages, a particularly quick and even ball response. Through the significant increase in rainwater collecting capacity, mains water can be almost entirely dispensed with.



Higher efficiency, lower costs, more climate protection

The club began taking steps towards energy self-sufficiency in 2009: at that time, heating costs were rising rapidly because of the 29-year-old heating installation, which was too big for the club’s requirements and caused endless technical problems. The TSC management therefore decided to replace the old heating system with a solar thermal installation and a combined heat and power unit. Through the use of efficient and partly renewable energy TSC saved not only money but also some 161 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually. The club chose certified green electricity to cover their remaining energy requirement. TSC is further planning to extend its decentralised energy generation by installing a photovoltaic generator and using wind power, geothermal energy and mine gas. Other efficiency measures are constantly reducing their energy needs. The club is introducing LED-technology lighting and plans to renew the building’s insulation and improve the smart control of technology in the sports centre.

Making more sustainable choices together

TSC is not only optimising energy use but is also introducing many other measures aimed at improving the sustainability performance of the club. For instance, rainwater is collected and used for the watering of the hockey and lacrosse pitches, water-saving taps and showers fitted, the club newspaper is printed using a carbon-neutral process on recycled paper, and natural cork conglomerate used for the artificial turf. The club is working to involve its members actively in climate and environmental protection issues and introduce sustainable procurement.


Photo: Ekkehart Reinsch

As an important social stakeholder in the City of Dortmund, we have set ourselves the target of tackling climate change, sparing the environment and at the same saving resources. We have already accomplished much and plan to do much more! For we want to be there for the coming decades – or even centuries – as a place of sport and a meeting place for people throughout the region.

Dr Alexander Kiel, Chairman of the Board, TSC Eintracht Dortmund  





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