Australia’s premier convention, exhibition and entertainment venue, International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney), has been awarded LEED Gold, recognising its all-encompassing approach to sustainability.
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.
NSW Minister for Finance, Services and Property, Victor Dominello, said that the A$1.5 billion venue, delivered by Darling Harbour Live, is the centrepiece of the A$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.”
The LEED Gold certification recognises ICC Sydney’s work in sustainability including:
- Reuse of 100,000 cubic meters of concrete from the original brownfield site
- Use of 96 per cent 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 per cent of the venue’s energy – enough to power 100 homes.