The Palazzo Las Vegas has been recognised as the largest LEED-certified building in the world.
The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, awarded by the US Green Building Council, recognising the energy efficient technologies deployed at the Sands hotel.
The Palazzo employs such effective environmentally-efficient technologies that it conserves enough water to provide each Nevada citizen with 266 8oz glasses of water for a year and saves enough energy to light a 100W light bulb for 12,100 years.
Key features include the use of artificial turf; drip irrigation and moisture; air conditioning controls in guest suites that automatically setback by several degrees when guests are not present; moisture sensors; site-specific air temperature and other factors to provide daily watering cycle adjustment; and the provision of valet parking-for bicycles.
The LEED Green Building Rating System is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings.
LEED certification provides independent, third-party verification that a building project is environmentally responsible, energy-efficient and a healthy place to live and work.
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By Elizabeth Clifford-Marsh