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May 29, 2009
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Iconic Irish venue proves green credentials before completion




The Convention Centre, Dublin (CCD), announced it is the first carbon neutral international convention centre, as the net impact of the building’s construction on the environment is zero.

This iconic landmark, which is still under construction, can be considered carbon neutral due to the use of low carbon cement throughout the building and through offsetting all unavoidable carbon emissions by investing in carbon credits in accordance with the Voluntary Carbon Standards (VCS).

Validation and verification of the venue was conducted by United Nation accredited auditors SGS.

“Even during the design phase, we placed a huge importance on sustainability as we had an opportunity to do our part in acting responsibly towards the environment,” said Nick Waight, chief executive of the CCD. “Our strong commitment to sustainability has given us a unique advantage over other major international convention centres, and we will be promoting this aspect as we market the venue to our international clients. 

“In addition, Ireland is also earning a good reputation in environmental sustainability, which will help us to boost Ireland’s share of business tourists as organisations seek to become more eco-aware.”

The CCD has also committed to long-term environmental sustainability in accordance with the International Standards Organisation (ISO) 14001, and will be seeking accreditation as soon as the building becomes operational on 1 September 2010.

The ISO 14001 environmental management standards, also employed at the International Convention Centre, Birmingham, exist to help organisations minimise how their operations negatively affect the environment.

At the CCD, this will include recycling and a focus on reducing overall energy consumption by using a sustainable energy supplier and integrating sustainable systems at the venue, such as an integrated building automated system (IBAS) – an advanced building management system.

For example, the CCD has installed a thermal wheel heat recovery system and an ice storage thermal unit. This chills water overnight to form large ice blocks that melt during the day to provide air conditioning for the entire building. In addition, international visitors will have an opportunity to offset their carbon emissions from air travel with a carbon calculator on the CCD website.


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