Palazzo Las Vegas Named World's Largest 'Green' Building
The Palazzo Las Vegas 50-story hotel-casino-shopping complex has been awarded Silver LEED certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), making it the world's largest LEED certified building. The $1.9 billion complex includes 3,000 suites, an 85,000-sq.-ft. department store, more than 80 shops, restaurants, a theater, spa, and Las Vegas' first Lamborghini dealership.
According to USGBC, The Palazzo is not only the largest LEED-certified building in the world, but it is over four times bigger than the second-largest.
“The Palazzo is to be commended for achieving LEED certification. This facility is one that both the community and its guests can be proud of,” said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair of US GBCU.
A wide array of energy-saving plumbing and heating technologies helped The Palazzo to earn its LEED rating, including:
- Artificial turf, drip irrigation and
moisture sensors in planted areas result in over a 75% reduction in irrigation
- Swimming pools at The Palazzo
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.
- Interior plumbing fixtures use
37% 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.