We recently stayed at The Palazzo Hotel in Las Vegas, just shortly after it opened.
We were pleasantly surprised to find that, despite its size, The Palazzo has an intimate feeling, and the staff is warm and helpful.
The hotel itself is magnificent.
Now we’ve learned that The Palazzo is the largest “green” building in the world.
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) presented a Silver LEED Certificate (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) to The Palazzo at an award ceremony on April 10.
LEED certification is an independent, third-party verification that a building project is environmentally responsible, energy-efficient, and is a healthy place to live and work.
Not only is the Palazzo the largest green building in the world; in fact, the $1.9-billion, 3,000-room, 50-story resort is more than four times bigger than any other than any LEED-certified building.
Key features that contribute to The Palazzo’sconservation and environmental design include:
- Artificial turf, drip irrigation and moisture sensors in planted areas result in over a 75 percent reduction in irrigation needs.
- Swimming pools are heated with an expansive solar pool heating system. In the summer, the excess solar energy not needed for the pools is directed to the hotel’s hot water system, reducing the need to heat water for guest suites.
- Air conditioning controls in guest suites that automatically setback by several degrees when guests are not present and reset to the desired temperature upon return.
- Team member service areas equipped with lighting occupancy sensors that shut off lights when no one is in the area.
- Interior plumbing fixtures use 37 percent less water than conventional buildings as a result of water-efficient showerheads, high efficiency toilets and low-flow lavatory faucet aerators.
- Moisture sensors monitor real time, site specific air temperature, humidity, rainfall and other factors to provide daily watering cycle adjustment.
- A waste recycling program implemented from demolition through completion diverted over 70 percent of waste from the landfill.
- The building’s structural steel averaged 95 percent recycled content, while the concrete averaged a 26 percent recycled content rate.
We’re strong advocates for green and environmentally conscious building.
But we had no idea that The Palazzo was so green.
We just thought it was a beautiful hotel.
The USGBC publishes a guide to building green homes online at greenhomeguide.org.
The site features a guide to green homes, green home programs, regreening exisiting homes, living green, resources, and green building news and events.
If The Palazzo can do it, and do it so beautifully, we can do it, too.