“From top to bottom, Rogers Place is world class. It’s been designed to optimize energy performance and reduce our carbon footprint,” said Patrick LaForge, President & COO, Oilers Entertainment Group. “It’s good business and good for the planet to focus on sustainability. The Oilers, through Rogers Place and other initiatives are proud to help lead the way.”
Its LEED Silver-certification will be anchored by sustainable efficiencies including development density, transportation, reducing water use and optimizing energy performance.
Being constructed as a compact and dense development, Rogers Place will be well connected to the community with seven Light-Rail Transit (LRT) stops within walking distance, strong pedestrian connections and charging stations for electric cars in the arena’s parkade.
Water use reduction efforts include low flow plumbing fixtures and toilets throughout Rogers Place and its plumbing design will minimize water usage by up to 35%.
Extensive energy modelling will be in place to reduce overall energy consumption and focus on efficiency. To reduce the building’s carbon footprint, there will be heat recovery ventilation and central control of heating, cooling and lighting systems. Going above standard requirements, Rogers Place will have a highly insulated building envelope as well.
Environmental and operational excellence are key pillars for Rogers Place, the Oilers and partner, the City of Edmonton. The Oilers’ sustainability efforts have been bolstered by the homecoming of Edmonton-native, Captain Andrew Ference, the winner of the 2014 King Clancy Award. The award is presented annually to the National Hockey League player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community. Andrew exemplifies leadership and is a huge champion for green initiatives in the community and in professional sports.
There’s no doubt the future looks bright (and green) for the Oilers and the Edmonton Arena District as Rogers Place and its partners are committed to sustainability, cutting-edge design at the Oilers new home in 2016-17.
Water conservation is a high priority for Citizens Business Bank Arena, which has taken several measures to cut its annual water consumption by 48% since 2009. Projects including installing low-flow faucets, switching to waterless urinals, and implementing water-saving irrigation practices have driven these major reductions. Citizens Business Bank Arena also has a strong history of using recycled water, which has been used for irrigation since 2008 and currently comprises 60% of its annual water consumption. “Since opening, we’ve aggressively pursued opportunities to conserve water and use recycled water where we can,” says Richard Vartigian, Director of Operations at Citizens Business Bank Arena. “Kelly White, Facilities Engineer Supervisor, and I try to push the boundaries of what’s possible and it’s been incredible to watch the idea of creating professional hockey ice from recycled water become a reality at our facility.”