MCEC gets five stars for sustainability

MCEC's expansion, which features Goldfield's Cafe & Bar (pictured), has been recognised for its green credentials. Photo: Supplied.

The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre’s (MCEC) expansion has recieved the Green Building Council of Australia’s ‘Five Green Star’ rating for building design.

The expansion, which opened in July 2018, increased MCEC’s venue capacity by 20,000 square metres and was designed to blend functionality and sustainability.

Samantha Ferrier, MCEC’s Sustainability Manager said the expansion incorporates a number of sustainability features.

“The expansion space is a great example of how sustainable features can be seamlessly incorporated into functional design,” Ms Ferrier said.

“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 Green Building Council’s 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.