In the lead up to World Environment Day on June 5, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre’s expansion  received the Green Building Council of Australia’s Five Green Star rating for building design.

Opened in July 2018, the expansion building design was a joint venture between architect firms NH Architecture and Woods Bagot, and increased MCEC’s venue capacity by an additional 20,000 square meters.

“The expansion space is a great example of how sustainable features can be seamlessly incorporated into functional design,” says Samantha Ferrier, MCEC sustainability manager. “The expansion building features CO2 monitoring, ductwork insulation for heating and cooling, water efficient toilets and taps, and a rainwater capture tank for rainwater to be treated and used in the venue’s amenities, which all contribute towards our five star rating.”

The rating further builds on MCEC’s sustainability achievements over the past year, which include:
– Diversion of waste from landfill using 17 waste streams.
– Donating more than 74,000 meals to OzHarvest’s food rescue donation program.
– A 22 percent reduction of in carbon emissions, based on 2015 levels.
– Processing 55 tons of food waste from their kitchens through their onsite organic dehydrator, which is equivalent to the carbon emissions associated with the electricity consumption of 25 households for one year.

The Green Building Council of Australia is the nation’s authority on sustainable buildings, communities and cities and the Green Star is an internationally-recognized sustainability rating system.

The rating assesses the sustainability outcomes from the design and construction of new buildings or major refurbishments, across nine holistic impact categories including energy, materials, water and innovation.

For more info, visit mcec.com.au/about-us/sustainability

The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre is Melbourne’s destination for big ideas and inspirational events. Hosting more than 1,200 events each year, MCEC is internationally renowned for its incredible range of spaces, innovative design and jaw-dropping food. At MCEC, they’re passionate about creating inspirational environments. They do this by delivering a personalized service and partnering with their customers to offer ideas, insights and imaginative solutions. They tailor every experience because they realize it’s the little details that make all the difference. Their venue is distinctly Melbourne and they’ve been inspired by the creative, cultural and diverse delights of the city they call home. For more info, visit www.mcec.com.au.

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