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Energy Efficiency at International Convention Centre Sydney

ICC Sydney integrates smart, design strategies with cost efficient and renewable technologies. While sustainability was an integral element of the venue’s design, it also remains a key component of its day-to-day management.

As facility manager much of this responsibility falls to Spotless, who is combining its skills and expertise with several partners to ensure the development is run with optimal resource efficiency.

“We have a number of initiatives that will help reduce energy use without detracting from an enhanced user experience,” says Spotless Facility Director Jane Frewen. “We’ve implemented a ground-breaking operational energy model across the convention, exhibition and entertainment facilities. This provides a better understanding of the full energy use of each individual space, and ensures we capture accurate information for carbon reporting.”

ICC Sydney is home to the first community-funded solar energy project of its kind in Australia. Members of the public can buy shares in the Sydney Renewable Power Company, which owns a 520-kilowatt photovoltaic array spread across the convention and theatre buildings.

“Spotless provides maintenance for the solar cells, monitors their generation and registers certificates for the company to trade on the carbon market,” Jane says. “The array is the largest PV system in an Australian CBD and is expected to generate about five per cent of the venue’s power.”

Spotless is also partnering with Sydney University on a climate control program. Research has been conducted on the thermal comfort and energy optimisation of the event spaces, some of which have ceilings up to nine metres high.

 “We are using technology to ensure temperatures at ground level are appropriate and consistent throughout the space,” Jane says. “The data helps us understand the effect a large number of occupants has on air-conditioning systems, allowing us to adjust controls to ensure a good level of comfort without jeopardising energy management.”