NHL arena achieves Canadian LEED first
Rogers Place in Edmonton is the first NHL facility to achieve LEED silver certification in Canada. Photo courtesy of city of Edmonton
Edmonton’s Rogers Place recently became the first National Hockey League (NHL) facility in Canada to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) silver certification, according to stadium officials.
Since opening in 2016, the home arena of the Edmonton Oilers has demonstrated efficient systems for lighting, heating, cooling and ventilation in building design.
“Designing and building a facility of this magnitude to meet rigorous green building standards is an ambitious undertaking, but one with the potential to have a positive impact on visitors, where they can see sustainability in action,” said Thomas Mueller, CEO of the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC). “This certification sets a strong example for other large venues in Canada that every building can achieve superior environmental performance.”
Edmonton recently introduced a sustainable building policy, mandating new building projects strive for LEED silver certification as a minimum requirement. All phases of design and construction of Rogers Place and its adjacent facilities were planned with that goal in mind and the arena achieved certification through the LEED goals of developmental density, community connectivity, and alternative transportation.
The commitment to reduce the arena’s environmental impact is also reflective in daily building operations, officials said. As a member of the Green Sports Alliance, facility operator Oilers Entertainment Group has embraced environmentally friendly procedures related to cleaning practices, public education and food waste handling.
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