RFABC Member Receives Highest International Technology Award
A Canadian Ice Rink Manufacturer receives the top ASHRAE Technology Award this year. The award was presented at the ASHRAE 2015 Winter Conference in Chicago on January 24.
A Canadian ice rink contractor received the top ASHRAE Technology Award this year for the energy efficient design of a new public facility. The first place award was presented to Art Sutherland of Accent Refrigeration Systems at the ASHRAE 2015 Winter Conference in Chicago on January 24th.
The Westhills Arena located in Langford British Columbia was designed by Art Sutherland of Accent Refrigeration Systems and incorporated new innovative energy saving technologies and extensive energy recovery making it one of the most efficient recreation facilities worldwide.
The 75,000 sq.ft. facility includes a National Hockey League size indoor ice rink, an outdoor ice rink, a skating trail, bowling alley, offices and restaurant.
The mechanical system for the three ice surfaces are integrated into the entire building HVAC system to the extent that no fossil fuels are used for the facility other than in the kitchen. The outdoor rink provides additional rejected energy during the heating season in winter. Only 40% of the waste energy is required within the complex; with the remaining 60% being pumped 365 meters to the Westhills housing development as an energy source for household heat pumps. The project represents the first total integration between an ice facility and a community in North America through the use of ultra-high efficient ammonia heat pumps.
ASHRAE is the largest International Engineering organization representing 53,000 members in 132 nations and is dedicated to advancing the arts and science of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration to serve humanity and promote a sustainable world.