The 22,000 square-foot K-ROCK Centre makes a huge impact on the community and the events it attracts to our city. We are committed to the effort of caring for our environment by developing methods to reduce, reuse and recycle in our everyday routines. Employees of SMG and the City of Kingston, as well as city officials, have engaged in a continuous commitment to be environmentally conscious by implementing green practices into facility operation.
LEED® Standards Will Keep Our Centre Lean and Green
The environmental and financial sustainability of the K-Rock Centre have been built-in to the facility itself. The Centre has been designed with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) certification in mind and has achieved a LEED® Silver rating.
The Centre is located on a former brownfield site. Bike racks and dispersed parking are provided to encourage alternate means of transportation. ‘Green’ furniture should also help secure a high environmental rating of the building. The Centre has a recycling room and ‘green’ housekeeping products will be used in the maintenance of the facility and water use reduction technology will be incorporated in washrooms of the facility.
Visitors and residents can obtain information on all LEED credits achieved within the Centre through an interactive kiosk installed in the K-Rock Centre, located in the Concourse, level 1 beside the Box Office.
LEED® is a rating system representing a holistic and environmentally responsible approach to building design. It is overseen by the Canada Green Building Council, which certifies a building project on the basis of a variety of green building criteria. LEED® certified facilities usually pay for their LEED®-associated costs in energy savings and other efficiencies over a reasonable time.
A total of $1.2 million has been dedicated to securing this high level of environmental design to provide leadership by example to other such facilities across the country.
Under the certification program, buildings meet prerequisites and earn credits in a number of categories, including: Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality, and Innovation & Design Process.
Most of the credits are performance-based, which means that they measure the degree of improvement relative to a recognized standard. A project can meet the criteria for one of four LEED® levels — certified, silver, gold, or platinum — based on its total point score.
New City facilities, like the Centre, are designed to achieve at least a LEED® Silver rating, and can expect significant savings in energy costs.
The official adoption of this LEED® approach puts Kingston on the leading-edge of sustainable development and ensures that new City buildings maximize energy efficiency, provide the highest quality of indoor working environment and minimize any building's burden on the natural environment and long-term operating budgets.
For more information about the design features visit the Kiosk in the Concourse of the K-Rock Centre or click here.
All of the prgressive features combine to provide Kingstonians with a world-class sports and entertainment venue that minimizes its impact on our environment and provides a healthy indoors environment while keeping energy costs to a minimum.