PalazzonightThe Palazzo Las Vegas has earned LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification, making it the biggest green building in the world.

According to the U.S Green Building Council, the Palazzo Las Vegas is not only the largest LEED-certified building in the world, but is over four times bigger than the second-largest.

The 50-story Palazzo, a resort casino that opened adjacent to the Venetian in December, has more than 3,000 suites, a shopping center and dining and entertainment venues. Las Vegas Sands owns and operates both luxury properties.

The Palazzo's green features include solar heating for its pools (in the summer, the excess solar energy not needed for the pools is directed to the hotel's hot water system), an air conditioning system that automatically expends less energy when guests are not in the room, waste recycling, water-efficient showerheads, low-flow lavatory faucets, and drip irrigation and moisture sensors for areas with plants. The Palazzo's structural steel averaged 95% recycled material.

The LEED Green Building Rating System is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings.

To contact reporter Jeri Clausing, send e-mail to [email protected].

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