ICC Sydney will be part of a socially responsible and environmentally sensitive convention, exhibition and entertainment precinct.
The Darling Harbour Live project which is delivering ICC Sydney is registered to the internationally recognised LEED® green building certification program (LEED = Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) and is set to achieve a Gold Certification. During construction, there is a target to achieve 90% material diversion of waste to landfill.
Once built, ICC Sydney is expected to operate with optimal resource efficiency because of smart, design strategies integrated with cost efficient and renewable technologies.
For example, rainwater harvesting and reuse plus additional hydraulic design aim to reduce potable water use by 14% compared to Australian standards; and a centralised main plant is expected to save 20% of greenhouse gas emissions compared to the Building Code of Australia standard. ICC Sydney will also be home to Australia’s first community funded PV array in a CBD, generating 545MWhr of power per year.
The public spaces at Darling Harbour are very important to the experience that the precinct offers. A renewed and upgraded public domain will also see a reconfiguration of Tumbalong Park, providing an additional 3,000 sqm of green space as well as a new adaptable event space capable of hosting up to 11,000 people.
A new pedestrian boulevard will connect the harbourfront to the south and Sydney’s central rail station. New and improved access links will better connect the student precinct of the University of Technology Sydney in Ultimo and the media and arts hub of neighbouring Pyrmont as well as the city centre.