THE International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney), has been awarded a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold rating, recognising its all-encompassing approach to sustainability.
The LEED ratings system, developed by the US Green Building Council (USGBC), is the foremost program for buildings that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance. Its status is also expected to attract more business events.
NSW Minister for Finance, Services and Property, Victor Dominello, said the $1.5 billion venue, delivered by Darling Harbour Live, is the centrepiece of the $3.5 billion rejuvenation of the Darling Harbour precinct, and an important part of the NSW Government’s focus on sustainability.
“ICC Sydney is recognised as a leader in sustainable building design. The integrated venue has been cleverly designed to minimise energy and water consumption, whilst still delivering world class amenities for business events and live entertainment.”
ICC Sydney CEO Geoff Donaghy, CEO said the LEED Gold certification would help attract more business events to the venue.
“Today, the business events industry is more focused than ever before on ensuring we act in an environmentally sustainable and responsible way, and this is something we are seeing translate into client requirements,” Mr Donaghty said.
“ICC Sydney has secured over 850 bookings to date and we expect this accreditation will help us increase our competitive advantage on the global stage and continue to foster the NSW visitor economy. It also backs our commitment to providing world class facilities and experiences for our guests, alongside the ultimate in quality, choice and flexibility for the world’s leaders and thinkers, to meet, collaborate and innovate.”
The LEED Gold certification recognises ICC Sydney’s work in sustainability including: Reuse of 100,000 cubic metres of concrete from the original brownfield site; use of 96 percent recycled steel in its Exhibition Halls; highly efficient central energy plant and building management systems; Australia’s largest electric car charging station for 25 vehicles; and a community funded solar array, the nation’s largest in a CBD, providing 5 percent of the venue’s energy – or enough to power 100 homes.
Darling Harbour Live general manager Peter Robertson said the accolade further strengthened the precinct’s environmental credentials, with the broader revitalisation project having recently received an outstanding 6-Star Green Star Communities rating from the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA).
“Since its opening in December 2016, ICC Sydney has transformed Darling Harbour. We now have 30 percent more public space and greater connectivity through the creation of pedestrian and cyclist links in the precinct.”