5 June – Melbourne is now host to the “world’s greenest convention centre” according to the Green Building Council of Australia, following a 6 Star Green Star certification to the Melbourne Convention centre, which officially opened on 5 June.

Chair of the GBCA, Tony Arnel, said the decision to build green had been visionary.

“It was a far-sighted decision to go down the green building path, and one which
could only have been achieved through industry co-operation.  Together, we’ve
created a world leading facility of which all Australians can be proud, and one
which will remain at the leading edge of green design well into the future,” Mr
Arnel said.

The 6 Star Green Star rating awarded under the Green Star – Convention
Centre PILOT rating tool, demonstrated “world leadership”, Mr Arnel said.
“The scale of the project has provided the opportunity for the development of
new and innovative green solutions,” said Mr Arnel.

Points for innovation included the centre’s pioneering use of chilled floor slabs in conjunction with displacement ventilation, a black-water treatment plant in a large public building and new sustainably harvested timber veneered board.