Bentley University’s environmentally friendly Bentley Arena has been awarded LEED platinum certification, making it the first standalone ice arena to be recognized for the achievement.
The new state-of-the-art 76,000ft² venue in Massachusetts, which hosts the university’s NCAA Division I hockey team matches, was designed and built with environmental sustainability a priority from the outset and features a number of eco materials and energy saving initiatives.
Those initiatives include approximately 50% of the wood used in the building being sourced from sustainable forests; 20% of construction materials used recycled content; highly-efficient LED lighting; rooftop solar panels that generate 40% of the building’s electricity; and a system that uses heat generated from the rink’s ice making equipment to heat water throughout the arena.
The efficient design of the Bentley Arena and the technology it employs is said to require half the amount of power that a regular building of the same size would use.
The university has said it is committed to achieving carbon neutrality by 2030 and as part of the goal is running a campus waste program that is currently recycling more than 270 tons of material per year.
May 9, 2018