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"ASTRO-RINK" Low-E insulation has been used for many decades as a long lasting insulator which, when installed correctly, also provides a complete air seal, increased "R" value and negates the radiant heat gain with its Low-E qualities. These properties provide great assistance in the efforts to achieve an ideal environment in arena applications. "ASTRO-RINK" is reinforced to prevent damages caused by pucks and other flying objects; therefore protective netting is not required. An "ASTRO-RINK" reflective ceiling, scientifically known as low emissivity ceiling, translates into significant potential savings since the ceiling is the source of 28% of the refrigeration load. In short, the ceiling must be equipped with a reflective surface such as "ASTRO-RINK" to reduce the emissivity from 90% to 5%.

Furthermore a reflective ceiling will reduce humidity condensation on the ceiling and the drops of water that fall on the ice. In fact, ceiling temperature will be higher, which will delay condensation when the humidity increases. Finally, a reflective ceiling can improve the quality and level of lighting by 40%.


Technical Data


Energy Use in an Arena As refrigeration is quite simply, the transfer of heat from one area to another using mechanical means, it is important to realize the sources of that heat in order to reduce its origin, and therefore, refrigeration plant run-time. The following factors are those that most influence costs in an arena: The period of the year during which the ice is being used. It is more costly to make the ice during the summer than the winter. The building's interior volume. An arena with stands uses up more energy than one without. The thermal resistance and airthightness of the architectural envelope. The type of activity that is held there. Hockey is an activity that leads to greater energy consumption than figure skating: the ice needs to be colder, resurfacing is more frequent and showers are used more intensively. Ventilation in the players' dressing rooms must also be more efficient.



In order to better understand savings measures in an arena, it is useful to assess the energy needs of the refrigeration system. The table below reflects this assessment:

Approximately 28% of the total cooling load in a typical ice arena or curling rink is due to infrared radiation. This is the area which we are reducing, through the installation of your "Astro-Rink" ceiling.

Radiant heat loads can be best exemplified by using two examples common in the arena industry. Radiant heating systems have been used extensively for the spectator areas of arenas. Whether gas-fired or electric, both types, when in operation, radiate their heat to the objects below. It is important to note that if your facility uses this type of heat, ensure that the reflectors around the heating elements shield the ice surface and the boards from direct exposure to the radiant elements. Secondly, with outdoor ice surfaces even with cold air temperatures and a plant providing brine at 10 F or less, radiant heat from the sun can melt the ice surface. The sun has a similar effect on your facility roof and ceiling, allowing it to gain heat, and radiate it to your ice surface. More...

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