MCEC expansion gets five stars for sustainability

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre’s expansion has received the Green Building Council of Australia’s Five Green Star rating for building design.

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

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

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MCEC sustainability manager Samantha Ferrier said the expansion space is a great example of how sustainable features can be seamlessly incorporated into functional design.

“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,” she said.

The rating further builds on MCEC’s sustainability achievements over the past year.

These include the diversion of waste from landfill using 17 waste streams, donating over 74,000 meals to OzHarvest’s food rescue donation program, a 22 per cent cut in carbon emissions, and processing 55 tonnes of food waste from its kitchens through an onsite organic dehydrator.

Featured image: MCEC/Peter Bennetts