Modern Niagara has converted AMPED Sports Lab and Ice Complex into the first Zero Carbon Building – Performance Standard certified arena, achieved in December 2020 through the Canada Green Building Council’s Zero Carbon Building Program.
The sports lab and ice complex is a privately operated arena and training complex located in the south end of Ottawa. The zero-carbon project focused on energy efficiency and carbon reduction measures within the building and its operations.
“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. 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,” said Brad McAninch, CEO of Modern Niagara Group Inc.
Modern Niagara’s work in the arena is recognized by the Canada Green Building Council for its energy efficiency and carbon reduction measures. Not only do these measures entail reducing operational carbon, but they also reduce overall energy consumption by optimizing facility operation through intelligent building automation, on-site renewable energy generation, and replacing all fossil fuel consuming equipment on-site, such as gas-fired rooftop units, hot water heaters, and the ice rink dehumidifier.
Modern Niagara is a national mechanical and electrical, building services, and integrated building technology contractor that delivers to its clients a broad spectrum of service offerings, including data-driven energy solutions for retrofits and new construction alike.
Through the ZCB standard – performance certification, the CaGBC recognizes highly energy-efficient buildings that produce onsite or procure carbon-free renewable energy or high-quality carbon offsets to offset the annual carbon emissions associated with building materials and operations.