Tākina Wellington Convention and Exhibition Centre recently became the first convention centre in New Zealand to achieve the 5-Star Green Star Design certification from the NZ Green Building Council.
The venue, set to open in mid-2023, features sustainable and green innovations such as enhanced thermal insulation and an innovative glazing solution, as well as automatically-controlled LED lighting, air conditioning as well as ventilation.
When combined, these create a 66 per cent carbon reduction and 60 per cent in energy savings when benchmarked against a comparable new build.
The Tākina Wellington Convention and Exhibition Centre also boasts water-efficient fittings and rainwater harvesting system with 30,000 litres of storage for lavatory flushing. This is estimated to reduce potable water consumption by 30 per cent.
WellingtonNZ general manager David Perks said the venue “presents the best option for business events in New Zealand as firms increasingly look to incorporate sustainability into their decision making”.
The venue is also contributing to Wellington’s “commitment to be a Zero Carbon Capital by 2050”.
Project director Danny McComb pointed out that the project has considered the impacts on the environment as well as the comfort and wellbeing of the people inside it.
“Increasingly conference and event organisers are looking at the values, attitudes and approaches to climate change and sustainability of venues and we expect that this will only increase.”
The multi-storey, 18,000m2, purpose-built convention centre will have 10,000m2 of conference space for a plenary seating up to 1,600 people, a 2,500m2 exhibition floor, two large, flexible plenary halls and meeting rooms, and a gala dinner capacity of 1,400 people.