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Bridgestone Arena in Nashville Switches to LEDs

The Bridgestone Arena in Nashville – the home of the National Hockey League’s Predators and site of the all-star festivities in January, 2016 – now is illuminated by LED lighting, according to Facility Executive. The new lights were switched on for the September 20 exhibition game between the Predators and the Florida Panthers.

Ephesus-Lighting-logoThe LEDs were provided by Ephesus Lighting, which is headquartered in Syracuse, N.Y. The transition enabled the arena to cut the number of fixtures by half: 247 metal halide fixtures were replaced by 120 LEDs. The light light level has increased to more than 200 footcandles, while saving more than 75 percent of energy compared to the previous lighting.

Bridgestone Arena is the sixth hosting NHL teams that switched to LEDs.

The Nashville Public Radio story on the switch noted that the LEDs generate less heat than the metal halide lights they replace one a one-on-one basis. Combined with the fact that they are fewer fixtures overall leads to a reduction in energy needed to keep the ice in game condition.

Margaret Court Arena Receives LEED Gold Certification

Margaret Court Arena announced in late August that it had earned the honor as the first LEED Gold-certified sports and entertainment arena in Australia. The venue, which serves as one of the facilities hosting the annual Australian Open tennis tournament, collaborated with Lend Lease’s building business in Victoria to achieve the distinction through an integrated series of practical and measurable initiatives designed to reduce the environmental impact of its operation.

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To obtain LEED Gold status, Margaret Court Arena installed energy efficient lighting and air conditioning systems, water efficient fittings, and a retractable roof designed to mitigate the need for artificial lighting and cooling systems. The venue also incorporated the existing structure into its new design, while utilizing sustainably sourced timber and installing rainwater systems for toilets throughout the facility.

“This is now Melbourne & Olympic Parks’ second LEED certification, which demonstrates our commitment to sustainable practices and our intention to make the precinct one of the most sustainable sports and entertainment hubs in the world,” Melbourne & Olympic Parks CEO Brian Morris said after the announcement. “We’re passionate about increasing benefits to the people of Victoria, and MCA’s innovative approach to sustainability goes a long way towards lessening our impact on the environment.”

Read the full article here.

Oracle Arena Awarded Prestigious LEED Green Building Certification

September 17th, OAKLAND, CA – AEG Facilities managed Oracle Arena announced today that it has been awarded LEED® certification. The LEED rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is the foremost program for buildings, homes and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance.

38_OracleArena_FloorLogo“Ensuring that we have a positive impact on the Oakland/ Alameda County community and our environment is extremely important to us” said Krystle von Puschendorf, Sustainability Programs Manager for Oracle Arena, “We are proud to have achieved LEED certification and are dedicated to running an environmentally friendly operation here in Oakland.”

To become LEED certified Oracle Arena made a number of impactful environmentally friendly upgrades throughout the venue, for example, replacing all 30% recycled paper with 100% recycled paper and using all 100% post-consumer recycled paper products in restrooms. Additionally Oracle Arena created recycling stations throughout the office for e-waste, installed low flow aerators for water conservation, partners with a local vendor who turns oils from concessions into bio-diesel, implemented ORBIO Sc-5000 which utilizes water, salt and electricity to create a cleaning solution versus using chemicals, retrofitted the arena, replacing all arena lighting with low energy fixtures and lamps as well as motion sensors in key areas to provide energy savings of more than $80,000 a month.

“It’s been a goal of AEG Facilities to achieve LEED Certification for Oracle Arena with the enthusiastic support of the Oakland Alameda County Coliseum Authority Board” said Chris Wright, Vice President and General Manager, “we are constantly looking for ways to make our operation more eco-efficient and will continue to identify future projects that are in line with our goals.”

Oracle Arena achieved LEED certification by implementing practical and measurable strategies and solutions aimed at achieving high performance in: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.

LEED is the foremost program for the design, construction and operation of green buildings. More than 72,000 commercial and institutional projects are currently participating in LEED, comprising more than 13.8 billion square feet of construction space in all 50 states and more than 150 countries.

“Building operations are nearly 40% of the solution to the global climate change challenge,” said Rick Fedrizzi, CEO and founding chair, USGBC. “While climate change is a global problem, innovative companies like AEG Facilities Oakland, Oracle Arena are addressing it through local solutions.”

About Oracle Arena & O.co Coliseum
Oracle Arena and O.co Coliseum, managed by AEG Facilities, are the premiere sports and entertainment complexes in Northern California. Home of the 2015 NBA Champion Golden State Warriors, the NFL’s Oakland Raiders and MLB’s Oakland Athletics as well as host to concerts, family shows and special events. Additional information on Oracle Arena and O.co Coliseum, including a complete schedule of events can be found online at www.coliseum.com.

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