Gallery: World’s First Zero Carbon Conference Center Opens in Dublin

 

The Convention Centre Dublin (CCD) just opened its doors to reveal what they claim to be the first carbon neutral conference center in the world. The multi-use complex has a large performance hall, exhibition hall, multiple meeting rooms and a spectacular atrium overlooking the river. The CCD can accommodate up to 8000 people and uses an array of sophisticated integrated systems to vastly lower its energy consumption. They even encourage visitors to lower their carbon footprint as well.

While developing the project on a tight brownfield lot, the architects at KRJDA decided to stack the center’s program vertically rather than following the standard horizontal footprint of many similar venues. The vertically oriented configuration also resulted in a more energy-efficient envelope. Durability was a key design strategy as well, as the building has a 100-year design life. A key decision was to use 6,000 tons of low-carbon concrete in construction, which significantly reduced the building’s carbon footprint, but the real story is in the building’s low energy use.

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  1. markycanes July 1, 2011 at 4:03 am

    Technology has really made mark on our lives nowadays. You can also check 82mercer.com for more information about Conference Facility at NY.

  2. argalite October 7, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    Too close to the River to be sustainable. Rivers and their inhabitants need floodplains to survive.

  3. nreber October 7, 2010 at 11:32 am

    Designed for a 100-year lifespan? Now THAT\’S sustainable. Just read an article about buildings that are 50 years old no longer meeting a city\’s financial district\’s needs. Renovation, anyone?

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