Stark Tech’s building optimization specialists excel in meeting the NHL’s stringent requirements, ensuring optimal ice quality, player safety, and consistent performance across all NHL arenas. Stark Tech guarantees the desired ice conditions by employing advanced cooling systems, sophisticated climate control, and precise monitoring. In contrast, customized solutions and building controls enable efficient temperature, humidity, and air quality management. Stark Tech ensures the ideal ice temperature and adequate ventilation by integrating HVAC systems and chiller units. In contrast, the building management system and innovative sensors provide comprehensive oversight and early fault detection. Through these initiatives, Stark Tech delivers a tailored approach to building optimization that meets and exceeds the NHL’s standards, creating the ultimate playing surface for NHL games.

Project Overview

Stark Tech’s building optimization specialists take center stage in the National Hockey League (NHL) realm, where ice conditions are paramount to optimal gameplay. With their expertise, they can meet the NHL’s stringent requirements and uphold the highest standards for ice quality, player safety, and consistent performance across all NHL arenas.

One of the fundamental aspects of building optimization revolves around ice temperature. To maintain the integrity and firmness of the ice during gameplay, the recommended ice temperature typically falls between 18 and 22 degrees Fahrenheit (-8 to -5.6 degrees Celsius). Stark Tech achieves this by employing advanced cooling systems installed beneath the ice surface. These systems continuously monitor and meticulously adjust the temperature to ensure the ice remains in the desired range.

Climate control systems within NHL arenas are pivotal in creating the optimal environment for players, officials, and spectators. These sophisticated systems regulate temperature, humidity, and air circulation throughout the arena. By doing so, they contribute to maintaining the desired ice conditions and ensuring the comfort of all those present.

Cooling systems are at the core of ice surface maintenance in NHL arenas. Combining refrigeration and heat exchange mechanisms, these systems circulate chilled coolant through a network of pipes or tubes beneath the ice. Through this process, the refrigeration equipment cools the coolant, which, in turn, absorbs heat from the ice, thereby maintaining the desired temperature.

Dehumidification is a crucial factor in preserving ice quality. Excessive humidity can lead to undesirable condensation on the ice surface, creating potentially hazardous conditions for players. To combat this, NHL arenas employ dehumidification systems that effectively remove excess moisture from the air, thus ensuring appropriate humidity levels and safeguarding the integrity of the ice.

Proper air circulation within the arena is essential for maintaining optimal ice conditions and preventing condensation buildup. NHL arenas employ ventilation systems that supply fresh air while removing stale air. These systems actively promote evaporation, minimize condensation, and contribute to consistent ice conditions throughout the game.

Environmental factors significantly impact NHL arenas, as different locations and climates present unique challenges. Nevertheless, climate control systems are designed to adapt to these factors seamlessly. Regardless of external temperatures or humidity levels, these systems work tirelessly to maintain the desired ice conditions, ensuring optimal gameplay in any environment.

It’s important to acknowledge that each NHL arena may have specific specifications and systems in place as long as they adhere to the NHL’s ice temperature and climate control guidelines. Consequently, specific details may vary from one arena to another. For the most accurate and up-to-date information, referring to the NHL’s official guidelines or consulting specific arena authorities is highly recommended.

Building control systems, HVAC systems, and chiller units are instrumental in meeting the indoor ice standards mandated by the NHL. These components collaborate seamlessly to regulate temperature, humidity, and air quality within NHL arenas, ultimately guaranteeing the ideal ice conditions for gameplay. Each component plays a vital role in maintaining the required standards.

Building control systems, also called Building Automation Systems (BAS) or Building Management Systems (BMS), serve as the central hub for controlling and monitoring various systems within the arena. These systems facilitate coordination and optimization of the performance of HVAC systems, chiller units, and other mechanical systems, all in pursuit of maintaining the desired ice conditions. With precise control over temperature, humidity, and airflow, the building control systems ensure that the ice surface remains within the NHL’s recommended range. Moreover, these systems can be programmed to adjust settings based on game schedules, occupancy, and external weather conditions, further enhancing their efficiency.

HVAC systems within NHL arenas maintain comfortable conditions for players, officials, and spectators. These systems, comprising heating, cooling, and ventilation components, are designed to control the arena’s air quality and humidity levels. During colder months or in arenas in colder climates, the heating aspect of the HVAC system ensures that the desired temperature is maintained within the arena, including crucial areas such as player benches, locker rooms, and spectator seating. The cooling aspect works hand-in-hand with the chiller units to circulate chilled coolant through the pipes embedded in the ice surface, effectively removing heat and maintaining the ice at the desired temperature. Lastly, ventilation is pivotal in maintaining air quality and eliminating stale air, odors, and excess moisture. By controlling humidity levels, the ventilation system prevents excessive condensation on the ice surface, ensuring consistent ice conditions throughout the arena.

Chiller units are indispensable components of the cooling system in NHL arenas. They generate chilled coolant, typically a mixture of water and glycol, circulating through pipes or tubes embedded in the ice. By employing a refrigeration process, the chiller units cool the coolant, absorbing heat from it and lowering its temperature. This chilled coolant is instrumental in maintaining the desired ice temperature, typically between 18 and 22 degrees Fahrenheit (-8 to -5.6 degrees Celsius). The chiller units continuously supply cold coolant to the ice surface, compensating for the heat absorbed by the ice during gameplay and resurfacing. By working harmoniously with the HVAC and building control systems, the chiller units ensure consistent ice conditions, providing an optimal playing surface for NHL games.

Recognizing that specific arena designs and equipment configurations may vary is crucial. Arena operators employ various technologies and strategies to meet the NHL’s ice standards while considering arena size, climate, and local regulations. These individualized approaches cater to the specific needs of each arena, allowing for effective compliance with the NHL’s requirements.

Stark Tech Solution

In their quest to meet the NHL’s stringent indoor ice standards, Stark Tech has developed and implemented a tailored building control system. This system coordinates the operation of each chiller unit with the HVAC system, maintaining precise temperature and humidity conditions for the rink. The building control system is the centralized management hub for mechanical and electrical systems, surveillance, and security. It optimizes building performance, controls costs, and minimizes risks associated with arena operations.

In collaboration with Schneider Electric, Stark Tech offers customized solutions utilizing cutting-edge building controls to monitor facility conditions and gather vital building data. Stark Tech’s solutions automate and maintain precise ice conditions by leveraging infrared ice surface and slab temperature sensors. These sensors are crucial in controlling and detecting faults within refrigeration condensers, compressors, glycol pumps, and hot-gas solenoids. Additionally, they measure oil temperature and pressure, providing early warning signals for impending equipment failures.

The Building Management System, equipped with high-capacity Air Handling Units and utilizing humidity data, incorporates massive desiccant wheels to ensure the appropriate ambient air moisture levels. This comprehensive approach guarantees an optimal environment for ice quality and gameplay.


In conclusion, Stark Tech’s building optimization specialists excel in meeting the stringent requirements of the National Hockey League (NHL). Through their expertise and the employment of cutting-edge technologies, Stark Tech ensures that NHL arenas adhere to the NHL’s guidelines for ice temperature and climate control. By meticulously regulating temperature, humidity, and air quality, Stark Tech creates the optimal ice conditions for maintaining ice quality, player safety, and consistent performance across all NHL arenas.