ICC Sydney gets gold for sustainability
International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney),has been awarded LEED gold, recognizing its all-encompassing approach to sustainability, reports Conference and Meetings World.
The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) ratings system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is the foremost program for buildings that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance.
The LEED gold certification recognizes ICC Sydney’s work in sustainability including:
• Reuse of 100,000 cubic meters 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
• A community funded solar array, the nation’s largest in a CBD, providing 5 percent of the venue’s energy – enough to power 100 homes.
Officials said the accolade further strengthens the precinct’s environmental credentials, with the broader revitalization project having recently received a 6-Star Green Star Communities rating from the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA).
Geoff Donaghy, CEO of ICC Sydney, noted that the LEED gold certification will 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,” he said.
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