An Environmentally Sustainable Venue
The Darwin Convention Centre is continually working to improve its performance as an environmentally sustainable event facility.
Our aim is to achieve a Five Star Green Star rating from the Australian Building Council, and a Green Globe 21 accreditation. Green Globe is the global benchmarking, certification and improvement system for sustainable travel and tourism, established by the World Travel and Tourism Council.
We’re working towards sustainability and accreditation through participating in leading environmental sustainable programs and implementing new sustainable practices and programs in all aspects of operations at the Centre.
The Darwin Convention Centre is proud to participate in AEG 1EARTH, AEG's corporate environmental sustainability program. Through AEG 1EARTH, we:
- Exchange environmental best practices with other venues
- Track our environmental performance on a monthly basis, measuring energy consumption, water usage and waste diversion
- Contribute to AEG’s progress towards its 2020 Environmental Goals
The Darwin Convention Centre has achieved the Bronze Benchmarking Standard through EarthCheck, the world's leading environmental management and professional services group for the travel and tourism industry.
With an ongoing commitment to achieve the highest environmental credentials, the Darwin Convention Centre will now aim to proceed from the EarthCheck Benchmarked Bronze status to EarthCheck Certified Status.
The Darwin Convention Centre building was designed to be as energy efficient as possible. Careful consideration was made for its orientation, shape and integrative design so as to minimise overall energy consumption for the lifetime of the building.
Other design elements include:
- Large eaves and overhangs to create a 15% saving on air-conditioning consumption
- Direction of the building minimises solar radiation entering the building to reduce cooling costs
The design and construction of the Darwin Convention Centre has resulted in a variety of awards including:
- 2008 National Master Builders Association Awards - Public Buildings over $50 million
- 2008 Territory Construction Awards, President's Award
- 2008 Engineering Australia Awards (Northern Division), Engineering Excellence Award
- Australian Institute of Architects 2009 Northern Territory Architectural Awards
- Northern Territory Architecture Awards - Tracy Memorial Award
- The Reverend John Flynn Award for Public Architecture
- Colourbond Award for Steel Architecture
Building Fabric and Materials
Careful considerations of sustainability issues were adhered to in the selection of all internal materials such as floor and wall coverings, furniture, fixtures and fittings.
The selection criteria incorporated:
- PVC minimisation and use of PVC alternatives in conduits and piping
- Use of low volatile organic compounds [VOC] paints, adhesives and glues
- Plantation timbers
- Embodying energy efficient star rating appliances
- Provision for recycling material including glass and paper
The selection of construction materials was based on sustainability criteria which included the following considerations:
- Sustainable sourcing
- Low embodied energy
- Low pollution from manufacturing
- Minimal environmental impact
- Durability and minimal maintenance
- Non-hazardous, eco-labelling and certification
A Building Management System was installed to monitor and control power usage along with preventative maintenance programs. This system includes an integrated digital based lighting system for automated lighting, stepped dimming control and energy efficient timers.
The Centre’s cooking equipment burners are designed to maximise energy utilisation versus kilowatt input. All heat sources are surrounded by baffles which direct the energy to the cooking appliances.
Cyclonic filters have been installed as they require smaller fans and ducts, reducing their energy consumption and lowering noise generation. Clean air is vented after being processed through these filters and an ultraviolet light system.
Hot Water Generation
The installation of a high-efficiency, gas-boosted hot water generation plant helps to reduce greenhouse emissions.
Over 70% of the Centre’s drainage pipework is constructed from recyclable material in place of PVC. These recyclable materials are significantly stronger, resulting in lower risk of breakages and reduced risk of soil contamination.
We’re committed to recycling all our waste at the Darwin Convention Centre. Significant waste storage facilities have been installed with the ability to separate all recyclable material. We have contractors in place to regularly service these recycling initiatives.
A Siphonic Roof Drainage System has been designed with HDPE pipe work and fittings. This results in 50% of the roof drainage discharging directly to the lagoon to assist with the flushing process.
Sustainable Food Service
The Darwin Convention Centre follows environmentally responsible practices not only to operate as a sustainable business, but also to provide a higher quality of food for all events.
Using locally grown produce means ingredients travel a shorter distance from farm to plate, ensuring our guests enjoy fresher, more flavoursome food.
Only the freshest Northern Territory seafood makes it to the Centre’s kitchen, so it’s not unusual for dinner guests to dine on fresh, line-caught fish from that morning’s catch.
Other sustainable measures include:
- Use of energy-efficient star rating appliances, including cookers with burners that maximise energy utilisation
- Use of reusable platters, tableware and serving dishes as well as biodegradable and recyclable alternatives
- Provide on-site recycling of paper, plastics, metal, and glass used in food service
- Partnerships with other "green-conscious" food service businesses