The first carbon-neutral convention center in the World

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 meter exhibition and banqueting space. It is the first carbon-neutral convention center 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 Center’ in the M&IT Industry Awards 2011.