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Falmouth's new ice arena will be an attractive, comfortable venue for all types of skating; it will exemplify a high level of energy and environmental stewardship. This goal will be achieved through careful planning and best practice engineering solutions.
Key components of this high performance building include:
Well insulated and airtight building envelope and roof system
Waste heat recovery system for space heating, snowmelt, and the water to be used for ice resurfacing.
Computerized building energy management system to optimize both indoor air quality as well as the functioning of the cooling and other systems.
Highly efficient lighting and plumbing fixtures
Building orientation for solar readiness
Plantings and overhangs designed for summer solar shading
No use of CFCs
Waste minimization during the construction phase
Potential LEED certification
Based on extensive research, we believe that by employing such measures, the new Falmouth Ice Arena will use half of the energy of a standard facility of its type.
The integration of a waste heat recovery system into the new Falmouth Ice Arena is an example of the high level of energy and environmental stewardship that is intended for this building. A rink's refrigeration system is its largest energy consumer, but the heat produced by the refrigeration system is typically wasted. It has been shown in other ice arenas that water of approximately 100 degrees F can be generated using this heat for the ice resurfacing water and showers as well as to melt accumulated snow. In fact the cooling water can be used directly in resurfacing operations, for a significant reduction in water consumption.
An important aspect of any building with respect to energy efficiency is ensuring that the building envelope is airtight and well-insulated. Careful attention will be given to this aspect of the facility, both during the design and construction phase. A high performance, reflective roof and ceiling system are being planned. Building design and orientation will also contribute to energy efficiency, both by optimizing passive solar heating for the non-ice spaces, as well as by reducing heat loads in the summer. Roofline orientation will allow for the future installation of photovoltaic panels to generate electricity. These are examples of using the best practice technologies available for energy efficiency.