When guests and visitors step inside The Parisian Macao for the first time on Sept. 13, the elegance and grandeur of an integrated resort delivering outstanding experiences for business, leisure and family travelers will be immediately noticeable.
Conversely, the resort’s comprehensive sustainability initiatives in place behind the scenes will be less obvious to the casual observer, and many of them will represent new features not yet seen in Macao or in an integrated resort of this scale in the region. A well thought out array of green measures allows The Parisian to deliver a guest experience that does not compromise on luxury, while operating in an efficient and environmentally conscious manner.
“Sustainability, including energy efficiency, is part of Sands China Ltd.’s operating DNA,” said Mark McWhinnie, senior vice president of resort operations and development. “It is a great source of pride for our entire Macao team that The Parisian Macao is Las Vegas Sands’ and Sands China’s most energy-efficient property to date.”
Rishi Tirupari, The Parisian’s director of sustainability, added: “We set the bar very high for sustainability at The Parisian Macao, and we are extremely proud of our accomplishments in planning and successfully implementing our eco-conscious design. It was challenging to make it all happen and there were many lessons learned along the way. However, the technology of sustainability – such as next-generation LED lighting – has progressed so much in recent years that we are able to run our resort operations efficiently without impacting the guest experience.”
A full 100 per cent of The Parisian’s interior and exterior lighting is LED – a first for an integrated resort of this scale. This conscious green decision is expected to save more than 5 million kWh of electricity each year, with the additional LED installation cost paying for itself in less than three years. The electricity saved would be enough to supply power to more than 12,000 Macao households for an entire month.
High-performance window glazing on the exterior of the building reduces the amount of solar heat transferred through the windows, translating to US$600,000 in energy savings annually. The property’s inclusion of energy recovery wheels has an additional estimated saving potential of about US $175,000 a year.
Ultra-efficient low-flow water fixtures reduce the resort’s water usage by more than 40 per cent compared to traditional fixtures, saving about 12 million gallons of water a year – equivalent to nearly 20 Olympic-sized swimming pools. In addition, the property has dual water piping already in place, in anticipation of the availability of recycled grey water by Macao Water (SAAM) in the near future.
On the transportation front, The Parisian’s entire fleet of guest shuttle buses run on low-emission compressed natural gas (CNG) technology and all guest parking is located underground, significantly reducing the heat island effect typical of urban buildings.
The Parisian Macao is targeting LEED silver certification for new construction and would be the first integrated resort in Macao to do so for the entirety of its operation. LEED is an international green building standard administered by a third party organization, and addresses sustainability categories ranging from energy and water efficiency to waste management and indoor air quality.
Overall, these and many other measures – too many to list here – mean that The Parisian Macao’s overall energy performance operates at nearly 25 per cent better than industry baseline standards, a savings of US$3.9 million a year. That translates to approximately 26 million kWh saved – enough energy to brew more than 216 million pots of coffee.
The Parisian project implements Las Vegas Sands Corp.’s Sustainable Development Standard (SDS), an internal standard established in 2013 as part of the Sands ECO360 global sustainability strategy. SDS ensures that all new construction projects completed by Las Vegas Sands and Sands China Ltd. are environmentally friendly and adhere to the company’s minimum energy and water efficiency standards.
Sands ECO360 is designed to utilize measures like energy saving, resource recycling, conservation and community engagement in order to help minimize the company’s environmental impact and lead the way in sustainable building development and resort operations.
More information about the program is available at www.sands.com/sands-eco-360/our-vision.html.