Philips Selecon Specified for First Carbon Neutral International Convention Centre in the World

After forty months of development and construction, and over a decade of planning wrangles and debate, Ireland's first purpose-built conference centre opened on September 1, 2010. The Convention Centre Dublin has been billed as the world's first carbon neutral convention centre and has been designed to meet the highest standards of environmental sustainability. One of its main features is that it has been constructed from concrete that has a zero carbon footprint and long-term operational requirements are a priority, including energy usage and waste management.

"It has been an incredible journey," said Nick Waight, CEO, The Convention Centre Dublin. "The building is one of the best equipped and most flexible convention centres in existence and our magnificently talented and professional team will ensure we can compete with the top conference venues worldwide. We look forward to welcoming the world to Dublin's doorstep."

The building is situated in Spencer Dock on the banks of the Liffey and is configured to accommodate conferences from 8 to 8,000 participants in 22 purpose-built meeting rooms. It includes a 2,000-seat auditorium which has a number of Philips Selecon luminaires gracing its stage, 4,500 square metres of exhibition space and banqueting facilities for up to 5,000 guests.

The CCD is the first Irish building designed by Pritzker Prize-winning and Irish-born architect Kevin Roche and visitors are greeted by a unique glass atrium, which encompasses the full height of the building offering an opportunity to experience Dublin with extensive views across the skyline, bay and Dublin Mountains.