Olympic Village will forgo having air conditioning this summer due to climate concerns

Paris Olympians will officially be without air conditioning at the Olympic Village this summer.

Yann Krysinski, who is in charge of the delivery of venues and infrastructure at this summer’s games, said that AC units are not necessary due to the layout of the buildings.

“We designed these buildings so that they would be comfortable places to live in in the summer, in 2024 and later on, and we don’t need air conditioning in these buildings because we oriented the facades so that they wouldn’t get too much sun during the summer, and the facades, the insulation is really efficient,” Krysinski told Reuters.

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Paris residents are upset over plans that call for the download of a QR code in order to access restricted areas of the city during the Olympic Games. (AP Photo/Aurelien Morissard, File)

A cooling system will be used, using naturally cold water from 70 meters deep that will be circulated in the flooring of the buildings to reduce the temperature in the apartments.

The decision is part of the organizing committee’s goal to cut the carbon footprint of the Paris Games by half and stage the most sustainable Olympics to date by installing a special technology to use natural sources to keep everyone cool even during a potential heat wave.

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Once the Olympics are over, the plan is to have 6,000 people live in the neighborhood. It will feature two schools, an anti-noise wall to shield it from a busy highway, bike lanes to Paris and a new bridge crossing the Seine River.

More than 5,000 people died in France last year from the sweltering heat, and over 10,000 Olympians are expected to stay in the village.

The Olympic rings at the International Olympic Committee headquarters. ( LAURENT GILLIERON/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Australian Olympic Committee CEO Matt Carroll said the team will spend $150,000 on air conditioning, and Greece’s Olympic committee will bring in their own cooling systems, as well.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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