Ice Rinks & Arenas

Refrigeration Systems in an Arena tend to operate on a set schedule with downtime late at night until early morning and for a short period in the evening when the ice temperature is such that that it does not require further cooling.

These Systems operate at their highest Load and for longer periods on weekends, particularly on Saturdays when there is a higher occupancy in the facility and the rinks are being used more consistently for hockey, free skating or figure skating.

Findings have shown that a Typical Arena tends to have:

  • No Heat Recovery capability
  • Limited bleacher heating of approximately 5°C on average
  • No Building Automation System
  • Manually Controlled Systems
  • Too much flooding/resurfacing (eg: extra 10% water volume equals cost of $550/yr)
  • Decreased refrigeration efficiency due to thicker ice
  • Manual scrapping and removal of ice outdoors approximately 10 times/day
  • Hot water usage to melt the ice scrapings

Energy Efficiency Potential for Arenas and Curling Rinks

The Energy Efficiency Potential for Arenas and Curling Rinks is significant:

Based on the theory that you “can’t manage what you don’t measure”, Renteknik will provide Consulting service to assist Arena or Curling Rink owners to analyze energy use within their facilities, develop an Energy Management Plan and provide Measurement and Verification (M&V) to determine actual savings achieved by implementing the Energy Efficiency Measures.


Energy Management Target Goal

  • Eliminate waste
  • Maximize efficiency
  • Optimize Energy Supply
  • Improve Operational Procedures


Areas of Concentration:

  • HVAC
  • Refrigeration
  • Lighting
  • Operational Procedures
  • Building integration