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Edmonton Oilers Score Canada’s First
LEED-Certified NHL Facility
HOW ROGERS PLACE ACHIEVED SILVER CERTIFICATION
Rogers Place, the new home of the Edmonton Oilers, recently became the first NHL facility in Canada built to achieve LEED Silver. The arena joins a handful of green sports stadiums that have embraced LEED certification as part of the
NHL’s league-wide Greener Rinks Initiative focusing on sustainability.
The rink is the centerpiece of Edmonton’s new ICE District, a 25-acre development
intended to revitalize downtown and attract tourists. Rogers Place was required to
strive for Silver as part of a sustainable design mandate in Edmonton – and it delivered.
The construction team diverted 94.8% of waste from the landfill while building the
arena. Low-flow plumbing fixtures reduce the water usage at Rogers Place by about
35% compared to arenas with conventional plumbing. The arena also uses condensing
boilers, high efficiency water heaters, air-to-air heat recovery and variable speed chillers, and has a back-of-house recycling program with two compactors.
Nearly all NHL arenas are adopting sustainable management strategies under the
Greener Rinks Initiative, but only a few have earned green building certifications. The
unique challenges of serving thousands of patrons at once make certification a tall
order for athletic venues, but innovative systems and a focus on best practices are
winning strategies for green sports stadiums. Here’s how the NHL’s other facilities
achieved sustainability success.
Xcel Energy Center, Saint Paul, MN: Appropriately for the Land of 10,000 Lakes, the
Minnesota Wild’s home arena has embraced water conservation. The “This Is Our Ice”
campaign during the 2017-2018 season encouraged fans to bring water from local ponds
and streams or ice shavings from local rinks to make the ice at the Xcel Energy Center.
The arena is triple-certified to LEED, Green Globes and APEX/ASTM standards and
has lowered its carbon footprint by 88% from its 2007-2008 levels. Recycling rates
have reached 61%. Fans with electric vehicles can plug in at charging stations outside.
Bell Centre, Montreal: The home of the Montreal Canadiens has constantly invested
in sustainability upgrades since it first obtained LEED for Existing Buildings Silver
certification in 2009. The environmental lifecycle impact of each product informs purchasing decisions. Using LED lighting (including game lights) throughout the arena
lowered Bell Centre’s energy consumption by 65%. The arena also repurposes melted
ice in the snow pit to resurface the ice, avoiding the use of 208,000 liters of fresh
water annually, even though it’s in a water-rich area where water costs are low.
Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY: Like Rogers Place, Barclays Center was built to LEED
Silver. Since earning its certification, it has continually invested in upgrades, including
LED lighting, an aerobic digester for food scraps and a distinctive green roof that low-ers heating and cooling costs. The New York Islanders' home arena also conducts real-time energy benchmarking and is enrolled in multiple demand response programs.
PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh: The Pittsburgh Penguins play in the NHL’s first LEED-certified arena, which is one of just two LEED Gold NHL facilities. Its sustainable design
met stringent water and energy efficiency targets. Since earning certification, PPG
Paints Arena has continually honed its operational efficiency by using green cleaning
products, adding variable frequency drives to the fan motors (saving 216,000 k Wh per
year) and participating in the local utility’s demand response program.
T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas: Home to the NHL’s newest team, the Vegas Golden
Knights, T-Mobile Arena joins PPG Paints Arena as the league’s other LEED Gold certified space. All equipment incorporates variable frequency drives, and LED lighting is
used throughout the facility. A connection with City Center, a downtown commercial
campus, enables T-Mobile Arena to significantly its lower energy consumption. Waste
heat from the campus’s co-generation plant is used for hot water and City Center’s
larger, more efficient chillers deliver the arena’s chilled water. B
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