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Convention centre makes others green with envy

Melbourne’s new Convention Centre will be the greenest convention centre in Australia with Premier John Brumby today announcing the project has been awarded a 6 Star Green Star rating by the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA).
Mr Brumby said the design of the new Melbourne Convention Centre was put through a rigorous process to achieve a 6 Star Green Star rating and has set a new global standard for convention centres.
“The Convention Centre will not only be a landmark building in Melbourne’s developing landscape, but this new level of sustainability will be a major drawcard for convention organisers in an increasingly environmentally conscious world climate,” Mr Brumby said.
“This is the first convention centre to achieve a 6 Star Green Star – Convention Centre environmental rating, the highest possible under GBCA’s rating system, and is further evidence of our commitment to construction of ecologically sustainable buildings in Victoria.
“The new Melbourne Convention Centre’s green credentials are a major selling point for international businesses – many who are keen to show they are taking steps to reduce their environmental footprint on the planet.”
Mr Brumby said 18 international conventions were booked for the new centre worth more than $293 million to Victoria and this rating will help draw many more business tourists to the State.
“This is further vindication that this government has wisely invested $370 million to deliver the Victorian people a great long-term public project that will help inject an estimated $197million a year into the state economy and create 2500 jobs over 25 years,” Mr Brumby said.
Environmental features included in the 6 Star Green Star Convention Centre include:
solar panels to deliver all public amenity hot water requirements
A black-water recycling plant to recycle waste water to supply toilets, cooling towers and to irrigate landscapes
natural light and energy-saving controls on installed lighting
lighting fixtures that adjust dependent on the amount of daylight detected in the room
many of the building materials are sourced from renewable and sustainable industriesMajor Projects Minister Theo Theophanous said the Convention Centre being developed by private sector partner, Plenary Group and was on track to open in 2009.
“In a further vote of confidence for the convention centre precinct, the commercial sector has injected another $400 million to the overall project, taking the precinct to a $1.4 billion development, underpinning commercial confidence in the project,” Mr Theophanous said.
Plenary Group Principal, John O’Rourke said the Public Private Partnership process encouraged long term value for money design initiatives.
“This is an extraordinary leveraging of the State’s investment in the new Convention Centre and builds on the vision for this to be the region’s leading business tourism destination,” he said