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08/20/2014

NHL Responds to Climate Change

Hockey takes a shot at energy efficiency

 
Sustainability report

The National Hockey League has taken a proactive step towards mitigating the effects of climate change in releasing the 2014 NHL Sustainability Report. Partnering with the National Resource Defense Council, the NHL outlines and highlights areas where energy use could be reduced and mentions four strategies that various member clubs have implemented to reduce energy usage effectively:

1) Reducing demand – In addition to planting vegetation around stadiums, clubs have also applied reflective, low-emissivity, and white treatments to dark surfaces that radiate heat towards the stadiums and increase cooling costs. By reducing the energy needed to keep the stadiums at the correct temperature, NHL venues are able to reduce their usage without compromising the comfort of players and fans.


2) Increasing efficiency – The main focus of the initiative has been on increasing efficiency in areas such as lighting, HVAC, and dehumidification. By upgrading to newer, more efficient models and using systems such as occupancy and daylight sensor controls, water reduction measures such as zero-water urinals, and building management systems, NHL venue managers have been able to provide significant return on investment while reducing carbon emissions.


3) Deploying on-site alternative energy – By conducting full reviews of financial incentives and return on investment for systems such as solar, geothermal, and deep-lake water cooling, five member venues now supply part of their own energy needs with renewable energy.


4) Advancing dehumidification – Keeping a regulation ice sheet requires humidity to be carefully controlled, which can cause an excess load on the ice-refrigeration system. By using desiccant humidification systems, some NHL venues have been able to reduce the energy used to maintain the ice, though the report is quick to point out that such systems come with a significant initial investment.

“The report’s focus on controlling fossil-fuel use and greenhouse gas emissions is a mainstream wake-up call that climate disruption poses an existential threat to everything we hold dear, including sports and recreation,” says Allen Hershkowitz, senior scientist and head of NRDC’s Green Sports program. 

 


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09/19/2014

New regulations from the DOE would improve commercial air conditioner efficiency by as much as 30%. 

09/18/2014

A new study suggests that the installed cost of photovoltaic solar power continues to drop in the U.S.

09/17/2014

A new technology developed at Rice University effectively deices glass surfaces while remaining transparent for radio frequency transmission.

09/16/2014

The USGBC and American Chemistry Council have put aside their differences to work together on new improvements to the LEED certification system. 

09/15/2014

Researchers have developed a new process to help cloud computing systems use less energy while continuing to provide high levels of data services.

09/12/2014

Researchers have found the main factors that influence the amount and type of building damage caused by various types of salts. 

09/11/2014

A new study has demonstrated that proactive ergonomic training can decrease worker discomfort and increase productivity. 

09/10/2014

The University of Utah has upgraded its historic Dumke Health Professions Education building to save an impressive 40% on energy costs.

09/09/2014

Hoping to build on LEED's success, PEER evaulates the performance and modernization of electric grids. 

09/08/2014

The USGBC has developed a new tool to help streamline the LEED certification process. 

09/05/2014

Researchers have developed a fluorescent lamp that emits Wi-Fi signals to allow connectivity throughout buildings.

09/04/2014

Tests show effective measures for reducing earthquake damage to computer servers. 

09/03/2014

Health costs drop by half as a result of environmental regulations.

09/02/2014

A new study challenges the idea that sparse workplaces produce happier, more productive employees.

08/29/2014

New tool from FEMA helps facility managers prepare for and mitigate the effects of nonstructural earthquake damage. 

08/28/2014

Is your building's exterior prepared for consistent snowstorms?

08/27/2014

Researchers have developed wearable, customizable technology to handle access control at busy hotels. 

08/26/2014

A new study shows that hotels which are LEED certified bring in more revenue than their non-certified competitors. 

08/25/2014

Policies designed to reduce carbon emissions have the added benefit of increasing air quality, which could pay for the reduction policies themselves. 

08/22/2014

Researchers at Michigan State University have developed a luminescent solar concentrator that is as transparent as glass. 

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