The Convention Centre Dublin (CCD) in the Dublin Docklands was opened in September 2010. The glass building overlooks the River Liffey at Spencer Dock. It was designed by the American-Irish architect Kevin Roche. The building is iconic for a number of architectural innovations, particularly the glass frontage and numerous curved walls. The building can hold up to 8,000 people in 22 meeting rooms, which include a 2,000-seat auditorium and a 4,500 square metre exhibition and banqueting space. It is the first carbon-neutral convention centre in the world because of its use of low-carbon cement and the offsetting of unavoidable carbon emissions by purchasing carbon credits in accordance with the Voluntary Carbon Standard. It also features a thermal-wheel heat-recovery system and an ice-storage thermal unit to provide air conditioning for the building. The CCD was shortlisted for the Engineers Ireland Excellence Awards – Engineering Project of the Year 2010 and The CCD won silver in ‘Best Overseas Conference Centre’ in the M&IT Industry Awards 2011.

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