Arena at Bentley scoops platinum certification for sustainability


The US Green Building Council has named Bentley University’s 76,000 square foot arena as the most environmentally sustainable in the US.

The new, state of the art multipurpose facility is the first stand alone ice arena to earn the council’s LEED platinum certification.

The platinum certification is the highest ranking offered by the Green Building Council in rating buildings’ sustainable designs, energy efficiency and use of innovative solutions.

The arena comprises:

⦁ A 504KW rooftop solar array developed by Rivermoor Energy. The solar array generates 40% 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 for light harvesting, in an effort to reduce electricity required for lighting purposes.

⦁ Energy efficient LED lighting with smart motion-detecting to 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.

Bentley University President Gloria Cordes Larson, said: “From our university-wide commitment to achieving carbon neutrality by 2030, to our Sustainability Science major for students, to our campus waste reduction programme that recycles more than 270 tons of material per year, Bentley acts every day on our mission of preparing environmentally conscious, socially responsible leaders.

“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.”

Bentley University uses the arena to host it’s NCAA Division I hockey team and prominent events such as career fairs, high-profile speakers, alumni events and concerts.

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Nicholas Nhede is an experienced energy sector writer based in Clarion Event's Cape Town office. He has been writing for Smart Energy International’s print and online media platforms since 2015, on topics including metering, smart grids, renewable energy, the Internet of Things, distributed energy resources and smart cities. Originally from Zimbabwe, Nicholas holds a diploma in Journalism and Communication Studies. Nicholas has a passion for how technology can be used to accelerate the energy transition and combat climate change.