Energy efficient and technology driven seem to be two big trends surrounding the Olympic Games as of late. Such was the case with the 2012 Summer Olympics held in London, England, and it appears to be a continuing theme as the 2014 Winter Olympics head to Sochi, Russia.

The 2014 Winter Olympics are gearing up to be green with renewable energy sources, self-powered street lighting, eco-roofs, and other green building technologies, which are currently being installed during the construction of the Olympic venues.

The green initiatives aim to reduce the workload on the engineering and communications networks in the Olympic host city and will ultimately reduce the impact on the environment and natural resources.

In addition to solar power and LED lighting, self-powered street-lighting technology will take center stage at the next Olympic Games. This tech is being widely installed throughout the grounds of the Olympic Park in Sochi.

The use of technology will reduce costs and save energy, as the system adjusts lighting during daylight hours. This isn’t the first time the tech has been used. The previous Olympic Games that took place in both Beijing and London have successfully used similar green building technologies.

The implementation of this green building technology will ultimately impact the city of Sochi on a greater level. Due to the tech being used on the Olympic stadiums, the use of green standards is now incorporated into the new National Russian building standard, which came to fruition on March 1 of this year. This is the first time environmental requirements have been included in the National Russian standard in the construction sector.

With the 2014 Winter Olympics fast approaching, expect to hear more tech-related news coming from the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee for the Olympics. The group plans to continue to implement green building technologies to reduce costs and the impact on the environment.