Las Vegas’ two newest hotels – both opening in December – are also the most environmentally friendly ever built in the city.
The Aria Resort and Vdara Hotel are among the few elite structures that carry a LEED Gold Certification. The Aria is the largest LEED Gold Certified building in the world. LEED stands for “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design” and is an internationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings that have met very rigorous environmental standards. Some energy and design innovation highlights
- First energy-generation on The Strip through its 8.5 megawatt natural-gas co-generation plant, providing efficient electricity on site, reducing emissions and using “waste heat” to provide domestic hot water
- Water conservation technology and programs that will save between 30% and 43% of water within the buildings and 60% in outdoor landscaping
- World’s first fleet of stretch limos powered by clean-burning compressed natural gas (CNG)
- Nation’s most technologically advanced hotel rooms with exclusive features allowing guests to “green their stay”
- Development of slot machine bases that serve as floor air-conditioning distribution units, efficiently cooling public spaces from the ground up in the occupied zones, rather than wasting energy cooling the empty space below the ceiling
- Energy-efficiency initiatives providing a savings equivalent to powering 8,800 households annually.
- Creation of a large-scale recycling operation that enabled the recycling or reuse of more than 260,000 tons of construction waste, including 97% of the imploded Boardwalk Hotel
- More information on CityCenter’s Green initiatives can be found at: http://www.prnewswire.com/mnr/mgm/39529/
Please note that the Aria Resort and Vdara Hotel are sponsors of Technology Report’s CES 2010 Coverage.