GE Reports: "The Venetian | The Palazzo, in conjunction with the Sands Expo Center, is the first and only property on the Las Vegas Strip to receive U.S. Green Building Council LEED Gold Certification for Existing Buildings"

GE Reports: “The Venetian | The Palazzo, in conjunction with the Sands Expo Center, is the first and only property on the Las Vegas Strip to receive U.S. Green Building Council LEED Gold Certification for Existing Buildings”

As part of our Sands ECO360° program, we are making major LED lighting upgrades to our resorts. For a recent summary of our progress, below is an excerpt from an article published yesterday at GE Reports:

A visitor could be forgiven if the first thing that comes to mind while walking down the Las Vegas Strip isn’t energy efficiency…. But efficient lighting—and the environmental and energy savings that come along with it—is exactly what the Las Vegas Sands Corp. is after. That’s why the company is completing several major LED lighting upgrades at its iconic resorts, The Venetian|The Palazzo….

In conference spaces across both properties, the company hired GE to replace 120-watt halogen bulbs with 5,700 12-watt LEDs rated to last through 25,000 hours of operation. The switch is expected to reduce the Sands’ annual electricity use by nearly 4.1 million kilowatt-hours, saving more than $400,000 in annual lighting costs. It will also mean less work to replace burnt-out bulbs….

GE has already retrofitted more than 7,000 guest suites at both locations with 7-watt PAR20 LED lamps and 10- and 15-watt compact fluorescent lighting bulbs. The improvements in both meeting spaces and guest rooms have already reduced Las Vegas Sands Corp.’s annual lighting spend by about $2 million….

But efforts aren’t ending with these smaller rooms. Sands just doubled down on its commitment to saving energy—placing an initial order for 11,000 LED candelabra lamps for ballrooms and corridors. The fixtures’ custom-designed lighting produces a lower color temperature with higher lumens to meet the resorts’ needs in these more public spaces.

This entire suite of lighting upgrades is being executed as part of a program called Sands ECO360 Global Sustainability, in which the company is working to save potable water, reduce waste and lower energy consumption across its properties.

Heather Wilson Coode, hospitality marketing manager for GE Lighting, said Las Vegas Sands is at the forefront of the hospitality industry’s rising corporate responsibility efforts. “Las Vegas Sands Corp. has demonstrated a measurable commitment to protecting the environment with energy-saving practices, and GE will help the company make an even bigger impact,” she said.

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