Standalone ice arena shoots and scores first LEED Platinum rating

Standalone ice arena shoots and scores first LEED Platinum rating

The Bentley University Falcons hockey team will have a new home in the first standalone ice arena to earn the LEED platinum certification, the highest possible rating.

The university in Waltham, Massachusetts, recently opened the 76,000-square-foot arena that will also host concerts, guest speakers, career fairs, and other events.

The arena, which seats 1,917 for NCAA Division 1 hockey and 3,400 for other events, features 1,400 sustainable solar panels that will generate 40 percent of the building’s electrical needs.

"Thanks to the combination of the rooftop solar technology and energy-efficient mechanical design, the overall grid energy required to power the arena will be less than half of what it would take to power a building of a similar size," said Amanda King, director of sustainability at Bentley. "These technologies also cut the building's carbon footprint in half."

The leading sustainable features of the arena include:

  • A 504-kilowatt, rooftop solar array developed by Rivermoor Energy that will generate 40 percent of the building's annual electricity needs.
  • Innovative technology that captures heat generated from the rink's ice-making equipment to heat water throughout the building.
  • More glass windows than a typical arena, allowing for more natural light that decreases the amount of electricity needed to light the building's interior.
  • High-efficiency LED lighting with smart, motion detecting controls that turn off lights when no one is present to sharply reduce electricity usage.
  • Ice-making and air conditioning systems that use zero CFC-based refrigerants. Chlorofluorocarbons or "CFCs" have been found to destroy the planet's stratospheric ozone layer.
  • The highest-efficiency plumbing fixtures on the market, including waterless urinals, dual-flush toilets, and low-flow faucets and showers to reduce the demand for water.
  • At least 50 percent of the wood used in the building is sourced from forests with certified sustainable forestry practices
  • About 10 percent of construction and finish materials were locally sourced and about 20 percent of construction and finish materials contain recycled content.

"Bentley University has demonstrated extraordinary leadership in sustainable design by achieving LEED platinum certification for the arena project," said Amanda Garvey Lehman, an associate at Thornton Tomasetti, Bentley's LEED consultants for the arena. "Energy conservation measures and sustainable design initiatives were prioritized throughout design and construction, resulting in a building that is leading the way in areas of human and environmental health."

Founded in 1917, Bentley University enrolls approximately 4,000 undergraduate and 1,000 graduate students.


Topics: Certifications, Educational Buildings, Energy Audit / Energy Management, Energy Saving Products, HVAC - Heating, Cooling, and Ventilation, Solar Energy & Solar Power, Thermal Envelope - Building Envelope, USGBC

Companies: U.S. Green Building Council

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