As of 2016, commercial buildings contributed to 6.6 percent of the world’s total greenhouse gas emissions and undeniably, the entertainment industry has assisted in their share of emitted GHG’s within recent decades. Following our return to trade this year, we also look to making a return to our commitment to sustainable practices across our venue, bar, and events.
Roundhouse’s focus is to enhance guests, visitors and clients’ confidence when utilising and visiting our facilities. UNSW’s Director of Development, Alexander Frankl, stresses the importance of discussing current global issues regarding climate change, but as well to also “demonstrate sound practices.” Roundhouse’s implementation of a $11-million green-focused exterior refurbishment reflects and supports these ideals of actively implementing action and change, supporting the UNSW 2021 and 2025 sustainability goals.
Since our 2019 refurbishment, the Roundhouse has updated not only the iconic circular Main Room and upper levels to become a sleek multi-purpose venue. Inside the venue, the Roundhouse also committed to sustainable water and energy usage by implementing rainwater tanks that will supply 15 percent of the campus’ stormwater to the facility’s toilets, labs and the nearby YMCA pool. The venue also boasts an environmentally conscious design in the outdoor social spaces, such as seating areas with tables made by recycled wood that are designed to avoid interference with the rooting system of surrounding fig trees.