LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Kentucky International Convention Center (KIIC) located in downtown Louisville received its LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council earlier this spring.
The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is an internationally recognized green building certification system, providing third-party verification that a building or community was built with sustainability in mind. During the expansion of the convention center, the design was planned using techniques to improve recycling, reduce energy used for events, and sustainably sourced materials for the new facility.
Key features, including plumbing and lighting, were designed to meet LEED Silver standards. Energy-efficient and sustainable features include:
- Water efficient low-flow plumbing fixtures, achieving a 32 percent reduction in total water usage;
- The facility was designed using whole-building energy simulation modeling—a multipurpose tool that is used in new building and retrofit design—resulting in nearly 24 percent savings in energy cost;
- LED lighting throughout the building;
- Diverted 85 percent of construction waste from landfills to be recycled; and
- All indoor spaces have controllable lighting via occupancy sensors.
“We are committed to providing a high-tech, efficient, and green facility for our clients” said KICC general manager Blake Henry. “I am proud of our partners and the Kentucky Venues team for achieving this certification.”
The convention center partners with Levy Restaurants to reduce food waste through food donations to The Healing Place and composting. Additionally, the facility is projected to divert 150,000 lbs. of cardboard, 8,000 lbs. of compost and 1,000 lbs. of pallets annually.
In partnership with Louisville Water Company, the venue features 25 water filling stations to reduce the need for disposable bottles.
“When we rebuilt the KICC, it was important to be good stewards of our resources. We wanted to build a facility that was not just aesthetically appealing, but sustainable for the future,” said David S. Beck, President and CEO of Kentucky Venues.