OTTAWA — Building contractor Modern Niagara has announced its conversion of AMPED Sports Lab and Ice Complex in Gloucester, Ont. has achieved Zero Carbon Building – Performance Standard certification.
The certification, said to be the world’s first for an ice arena, was announced in December through the Canada Green Building Council’s Zero Carbon Building Program, a Jan. 4 release stated.
Steps taken included reducing operational carbon, optimizing facility operation through intelligent building automation and onsite renewable energy generation. All fossil fuel consuming equipment was replaced, such as gas-fired rooftop units, hot water heaters and the ice rink dehumidifier.
Modern Niagara is a mechanical and electrical, building services, and integrated building technology contractor that undertakes both retrofits and new construction, the statement noted. It has offices in Ottawa, Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver.
“Buildings account for a significant portion of carbon emissions — we believe that what we have accomplished at AMPED Sports Lab and Ice Complex represents a step in the right direction towards building a more sustainable future,” said Brad McAninch, CEO of Modern Niagara Group, in the statement. “While converting AMPED into the world’s first arena to achieve the Zero Carbon Building Performance Standard certification did not come without challenges, I see this achievement as a great opportunity for Canada’s infrastructure more generally.”