Spotlight on Chapel Off Chapel

Published on 29 October 2021

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Spotlight on Chapel Off Chapel

City of Stonnington's Chapel Off Chapel is a finalist in the 'Energy Efficiency Achievement' category of the 2021 Cities Power Partnership Climate Awards

One of Melbourne’s most popular and iconic live performance venues, Chapel Off Chapel is a key city destination, and has become a local sustainability showcase.

Chapel Off Chapel has been taking major steps towards improving environmental sustainability, including reducing energy use by 55% over the last three years.

Single use plastics including straws, coffee cup lids, plastic containers and bottled water have been removed from the bar and water taps have been installed so visitors can fill their own containers.

A 23kW solar system has been installed on the roof and over 470 lights across the site have been replaced with energy efficient LEDs. Along with the energy and cost saving benefits, the upgraded theatre lighting also provides enhanced versatility for performances.

The gas hot water service was replaced with an electric heat pump system to transition the site away from gas use, and a recently installed airlock at the entrance helps to reduce heat loss.

The theatre is also 100% powered by renewable energy through VECO – the Victorian Energy Collaboration, a group of 46 councils working together to purchase renewable energy.

Due to this outstanding work, Chapel Off Chapel has been announced as a finalist in the 'Energy Efficiency Achievement' category of the 2021 Cities Power Partnership Climate Awards, with winners to be announced on 17 November 2021.

Register on the Cities Power Partnership website