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Sydney Opera House awarded for sustainability leadership

Sydney Opera House awarded for sustainability leadership
September 7, 2015

The Sydney Opera House has been awarded a 4 Star Green Star performance rating by the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA), putting the iconic venue among a select few World Heritage buildings that have achieved green certification globally.

From the installation of new energy-efficient technologies in key performance venues to the use of eco-friendly cleaning products and a robust Reconciliation Action Plan, a wide range of both environmental and social sustainability initiatives across three core areas have contributed to the Opera House’s 4 Star rating. These core areas include building management, environmental management and social sustainability.

When designing the Opera House more than 40 years ago, architect Jørn Utzon was inspired by nature and integrated many features now recognised as pioneering sustainable design. A highly innovative seawater cooling system – considered ahead of its time – powers the Opera House’s main heating and air-conditioning while an early interpretation of the ‘chilled ceiling’ design remains in the Drama Theatre today to help control the venue’s air temperature.

Other building management initiatives include the development of a range of eco-friendly cleaning methods including bicarbonate soda for cleaning concrete, olive oil for the bronze and ozone-treated water for disinfecting various areas, which maintains the heritage value of the building and also reduces its impact on the environment.

Commenting on the presentation of the award, Green Building Council of Australia Chief Executive Romilly Madew stated “the The Sydney Opera House has laid down the gauntlet for the property industry with a pragmatic, practical approach which shows even the most iconic, historic and challenging buildings can be high-performing, energy efficient and sustainable.

“If you can green the Opera House, you can green anything.”

From the installation of new energy-efficient technologies in key performance venues to the use of eco-friendly cleaning products and a robust Reconciliation Action Plan, a wide range of both environmental and social sustainability initiatives across three core areas have contributed to the Opera House’s 4 Star rating.

The 4 Star Green Star rating, awarded for ‘best practice’ in the industry, is an extraordinary achievement for a heritage building. It will also be critical to the Opera House’s Decade of Renewal, a sequenced program of works to update the world-renowned performing arts centre for 21st century audiences, artists and visitors.

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