Margaret Court Arena announced in late August that it had earned the honor as the first LEED Gold-certified sports and entertainment arena in Australia. The venue, which serves as one of the facilities hosting the annual Australian Open tennis tournament, collaborated with Lend Lease’s building business in Victoria to achieve the distinction through an integrated series of practical and measurable initiatives designed to reduce the environmental impact of its operation.
To obtain LEED Gold status, Margaret Court Arena installed energy efficient lighting and air conditioning systems, water efficient fittings, and a retractable roof designed to mitigate the need for artificial lighting and cooling systems. The venue also incorporated the existing structure into its new design, while utilizing sustainably sourced timber and installing rainwater systems for toilets throughout the facility.
“This is now Melbourne & Olympic Parks’ second LEED certification, which demonstrates our commitment to sustainable practices and our intention to make the precinct one of the most sustainable sports and entertainment hubs in the world,” Melbourne & Olympic Parks CEO Brian Morris said after the announcement. “We’re passionate about increasing benefits to the people of Victoria, and MCA’s innovative approach to sustainability goes a long way towards lessening our impact on the environment.”