Banff, AB – Silver has been added to The Fenlands colour scheme.
Banff’s recreation facility was awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) silver certification for its green building measures, the Canada Green Council announced Tuesday.
The innovative, energy efficient facility, rebuilt from a 50-year-old curling rink and old arena on the same site, was developed under the Town’s Green Building policy, which requires all new and renovated public facilities to meet a minimum LEED silver standard.
Features include reused beams from a dismantled school in Canmore, walls of glass to maximize daylight, recycled energy from the ice plant to heat hot water, collected rain water to flush the toilets, use of native plants in the landscaping, a restored riparian along 40 Mile Creek and use of low VOC-emitting materials to increase air quality. A vigorous recycle and reuse protocol kept 50 per cent of construction waste from the landfill, and more than 21 per cent of the materials used were regionally manufactured or extracted.
Green housekeeping, interpretive diagrams for public, recycling collection — including organics — a disposable water bottle ban, and shower and bike storage facilities to encourage alternative transportation modes are some of the operational initiatives that help ensure The Fenlands remains green over time.
The Fenlands offers two ice rinks and a four-sheet curling rink, associated amenities for hockey and skating, plus two multipurpose meeting rooms, a lounge, an airy concourse, as well as a small meadow. Since opening in December 2010, the facility has been used by NHL teams and the Team Canada juniors training, as a movie location, and for conferences and weddings, in addition to serving as home to the Banff Hockey Academy, Banff Minor Hockey league, Banff Curling Club and Banff Skating Club.
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DIANA WALTMANN, MANAGER, COMMUNICATIONS
TOWN OF BANFF
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