The environmentally sustainable multipurpose Bentley Arena at Bentley University is the first stand-alone ice arena to earn LEED platinum certification. It cuts the buildings carbon footprint in half compared to comparable traditional arenas and it also uses half the energy. The 76,000 square-foot highly efficient arena is lit by
natural light and LED lighting and a 504-kilowatt rooftop solar array generate 40 percent of the building’s electricity needs. Heat
generated by the rink’s ice making equipment heats the water in the
building. The arena also uses high efficiency plumbing fixtures,
waterless urinals, dual-flush toilets, and low-flow faucets and showers
to reduce water usage.
The arena’s features by the numbers:
- 50% of wood used in the building is sourced from forests with certified sustainable forestry practices
- 20% of construction and finish materials contain recycled content
- 10% of construction and finish materials is locally sourced
- 0% of the ice-making and air conditioning systems use CFC-based refrigerants
Bentley arena is part of the University’s Climate Action Plan, which lists “installing onsite renewable energy systems” as one of its main strategies to reach carbon neutrality by 2030. Bentley is a business school that practicing the values it preaches in the classroom.