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30 October 2014: Opera House wins NSW Green Globe Awards for Concert Hall lights upgrade
A major upgrade of the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall lighting system has dramatically reduced energy use and improved the venue experience for both performers and audiences. On October 30, it was announced that the Concert Hall lighting upgrade won a NSW Government’s 2014 Green Globe Awards for sustainability in a heritage building. The two-year project incorporated the latest long-life, LED technology and includes a new control system for the stage, auditorium and performance lighting.

Benefits of the upgrade include:
75% reduction in electricity consumption in the venue, with estimated savings of about $70,000 a year;
Greatly reduced need for staff to work in confined ceiling spaces to replace lights;
Increased capacity to create ambient and specific lighting effects, without the cost of hanging additional lights; and
Removal of about four tonnes of air-conditioning ducting.
These significant improvements have been achieved while adhering to the building’s strict architectural and performance heritage requirements.

Sydney Opera House CEO Louise Herron AM said: “Our mission says everything we do should engage and inspire people. That should be just as true of our sustainability initiatives as of the performances we present. The Concert Hall lighting upgrade is an excellent example of how we can renew the Opera House to meet the needs and expectations of 21st-century artists, audiences and the broader community. ”

Sydney Opera House Director of Theatre & Events David Claringbold said: “The improvements in terms of energy use, waste and staff safety are very substantial. For example, the old lamps lasted between 300 and 1,000 hours, and needed to be changed several times a year. The new lamps are guaranteed for 50,000 hours, so they’ll need to be changed only once every nine years. At the same time, we are delivering improved services to our performing arts partners and venue hirers.”

A key factor in the project’s success has been the multidisciplinary collaboration between Opera House theatre lighting and building teams, contractors, lighting suppliers and the two Opera House resident companies that most use the Concert Hall, the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

View a demonstration of the new Concert Hall lighting system and capabilities.  
view ABC News feature.
More Information on the Green Globe Awards.
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24 September 2013: Green Globe Finalist
The Sydney Opera House was awarded finalist in the category of ‘Heritage Sustainability Award’ at the NSW Government Green Globe Awards held on 24 September 2013.  The Green Globes now in the 14th year are the leading environment awards in New South Wales.

7 August 2013: Opera House Social Responsibility Awards
On the 7 August 2013 the Opera House held its first Social Responsibility Awards.  Hosted by the Opera House COO Claire Spencer and attended by CEO Louise Herron, Executive, staff, interns and community and industry partners.  The Awards celebrated the launch of the Opera House’s new Environmental Sustainability Plan (ESP) 2014 – 2016 and Reconciliation Action Plan 2014 – 2016 and recognised outstanding work of staff and partners in their dedication of implementing strategies of our Environmental Sustainability, Reconciliation and Access Plans.

1 June 2013: Environmental Sustainability Plan 2014 – 2016
The second three year Environmental Sustainability Plan commenced on the 1 July 2013.  The new Plan focus on four areas over the next three years; Use Resources Efficiently and Responsibly, Minimise Waste, Improve Environmental Risk Management and Embed, Engage and Inspire Change. Read the full plan


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