The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) were awarded a 6 Star Green Star environmental rating by the Green Building Council of Australia for the venue’s innovative environmental design and operational features. Built from the ground up with the environment in mind, the MCEC is the first and only convention centre in the world to be awarded this global standard.
We take environmental issues seriously, and are proud to have received this prestigious recognition from the Green Building Council of Australia.
The green building's innovative sustainable design and operational features ensure the comfort of delegates and protection of the environment go hand-in-hand.
- Maximum natural light
- An 18 metre tall glass facade fronts Melbourne’s Yarra River and fills the foyer and pre- function space with diffused natural light.
- Energy efficient lighting design
- Use of occupancy sensors, local switching and daylight sensors efficiently controls the building’s lighting.
- Displacement ventilation
- Low level air delivery and high level air exhaust provide excellent air change effectiveness at low energy consumption.
- Radiant slab heating and cooling
- Provides energy efficient thermal comfort and reduces air conditioning requirements.
- Low Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC)
- Carpets, paints adhesives and sealants are low in VOCs to enhance indoor air quality.
- Sustainable use of building materials
- Materials and components have a high recycled content and minimal PVC (polyvinyl chloride) content. Only 56 Australian Eucalyptus maculata (Spotted Gum) trees from a sustainable source were used to cover 8500 m2 of timber veneer panelling in the plenary, foyer and grand banquet room.
- Solar hot water
- Solar panels provide 100% of public amenity hot water requirements.
- Black water treatment plant
The MCEC is the first public building in Australia to have a privately-funded black water treatment plant. The plant treats wastewater, rainwater and storm water to Grade A quality for re-use in the building, reducing the flow to the sewerage system and MCEC’s reliance on potable water.
The MCEC provides multiple streams for waste management including full composting facilities for food waste, a closed-loop recycling system on site that clients can use free of charge. The MCEC can calculate the amount of waste produced for specific events to help event organisers calculate the amount of waste going to landfill.
The MCEC offers a sustainable menu with ingredients sourced from local Victorian producers and specifically tailored for each event.
The MCEC offers clients green power for their event where equivalent power usage is purchased from a renewable energy source.