Tākina, the Wellington Convention and Exhibition Centre, has been awarded a 5-Star Green Star Design certification, making it the first convention centre in New Zealand to achieve this standard.
Tākina’s green star design features include enhanced thermal insulation and high-performance double glazing; efficient automatically controlled LED lighting, air conditioning and ventilation systems; water efficient fittings and rainwater harvesting system estimated to reduce potable water consumption by 30per cent; and timber materials sourced from sustainable forestry.
Mayor Andy Foster said this is a great acknowledgement of the commitment that Council has made towards Wellington becoming a Zero Carbon Capital by 2050.
“This Green Star design rating is the first for any convention centre in the country,” he said.
“We’re pleased to be leading the way in this area, and this project is just one of the many sustainability initiatives we have in operation around the city. To date the building is running to budget and on schedule.”
The certification was awarded by the New Zealand Green Building Council, part of an international network with more than 70 green building councils around the world.
“This project has considered the impacts on the environment, as well as the comfort and wellbeing of the people inside it,” said Danny McComb, project director.
“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.”
Tākina is on schedule to open in mid-2023.