Sustainability is in our DNA. For thousands of years, the Gadigal people would come to Bennelong Point to meet, share stories and music. Their land management ensured the preservation of their food sources. The Opera House’s architect, Jørn Utzon, incorporated sustainable design elements such as a seawater-cooling system into the building which opened in 1973. The new Environmental Sustainability Plan 2017 – 2019 builds on that legacy.
The Environmental Sustainability Plan 2017-19 (ESP) sets our objectives and targets for 2019 and 2023. These objectives builds on the solid foundations established since the first ESP was launched in 2010.
In designing the Sydney Opera House, Jorn Utzon was inspired by nature. The Utzon Design Principles cite inspiration from the harbour setting and natures organic forms, colours and light. The building also include many features that are now recognised as sustainable design. This video, features Opera singer Teddy Tahu Rhodes, Opera House staff, students of the Multidiscliplinary Australian Danish Exchange (MADE) program and Green Building Specialists discussing Utzon's Sustainable legacy.
Staff from Sydney Opera House's Building & Development team present projects which have been implemented to reduce our energy consumption. Projects covered include the air conditioning system utilising sea water, changing building management and control systems, and heritage sensitive energy efficient lighting for theatres and stage lighting.
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