Las Vegas hotels are as green as lights

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CityCenter, Las Vegas, is the largest privately funded construction project in the history of the United States. This ultra modern and environmental friendly construction consist of several towers, with hotels, casino and residences. Photograph by Robert Polidori and George Apostolidis

One of the best-kept secrets in the Wild West is that Sin City is really Green City

CityCenter, located in Las Vegas, is an ultra modern, urban environmental  construction. Inside the complex we find several towers, with hotels, casino and residences, from which the Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas, ARIA Resort & Casino Las Vegas’ hotel tower, ARIA’s convention center and theater, Vdara Hotel & Spa, Crystals and Veer towers. CityCenter team sets a standard for responsible growth before the first brick was laid.

Reuse and Recycle

More than 85 percent of the materials from the debris of the old hotel were reused or recycled. For example, doors, hardware, scrap steel, other metals and carpet were sold to resellers; broken tiles, concrete and asphalt were taken offsite, crushed and used as structural filler; salvaged toilets and countertops were used in projects in Mexico. More than 93% of the CityCenter construction has been diverted from the landfill and recycled

Energy Efficiency

Energy efficiency measures at CityCenter result in 30% savings in energy use, which is an equivalent to powering 8,800 households annually. CityCenter generate its own electricity on site, providing 10 percent of overall CityCenter use, reducing emissions and capturing heat to provide all domestic hot water and pools in the complex. Window glazing, building shades, and light-colored rooftops reflect and deflect intense desert sunlight before it can enter buildings at CityCenter, dramatically reducing the amount of energy required to cool indoor spaces.

Energy consumption are continuously monitored by computerized control systems, combined with periodic building inspections ensure that all systems are performing at optimum capacity and maximizing conservation.

Efficient appliance

Low-wattage lighting, ENERGY STAR washers, dishwashers and refrigerators are installed. Low-flow fixture showerheads, faucets and toilets deliver water savings of more than 33 percent compared to standard bathroom fixtures.

Transportation

CityCenter’s 26 limousines and six Cadillac Escalades represent the world’s first fleet of luxury guest transportation to operate exclusively on compressed natural gas (CNG), resulting in lower harmful environmental emissions. In addition to CityCenter’s CNG limo fleet, guests are greeted with preferred parking for green cars and carpoolers, and are offered bicycle valet service

Indoor Wellness

Indoor air quality by harmful chemicals and other materials, can be up to 10 times worse than outdoor air. Developers of CityCenter selected paints, sealants, adhesives, carpet and composite wood products that do not contain toxic substances that can later be released into the air. Similar non-toxic products are used for touch-ups and renovations.

Materials

When selecting materials for CityCenter, designers chose products manufactured with recycled content in order to reduce the exploitation of virgin resources. They also sought local and regional products to minimize the emission of greenhouse gases generated during transport and delivery.

CityCenter Las Vegas has achieved 6 LEED® Gold Certifications (Leadership in Energys and Environmental Design), and various green certifications for their environmental attention.

CityCenter is an example of sustainable development, which meets human needs, in the mean time, minimizes its environmental impact on the planet.