The Las Vegas Sands Corp. is winning awards for the eco-friendly concepts incorporated into its Las Vegas Palazzo. With its many energy saving features like solar heated swimming pools, moisture sensors in landscaping and even occupancy sensors that shut the lights off when no one is in the room, it’s no wonder that the Palazzo was awarded “The Energy Innovator’s Award” by the US Department of Energy. This is in addition to the Silver LEED certificate recently issued to the Palazzo from the US Green Building Council.

The environmentally friendly building started from the beginning by using approximately 95% recycled content in the structural steel used and 26% recycled content in the concrete. The water saving features included in the design are especially welcome in the dry, desert area of Las Vegas. High efficiency and low-flow showerheads, toilets and faucets combine to let the Palazzo use 37% less water than traditional plumbing fixtures. Not only did the Palazzo win awards, they have the distinction of being the largest “green” building in the world – about 4 times larger than any other.