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Green buildings

 

Our goal is to develop resorts that become destinations and create everlasting memories for our guests. At the same time, we also try to do it with the utmost respect for our host communities. We all have a stake in protecting the planet’s natural resources, which is why our team is working hard to design buildings with high performance and sustainability in mind.

 

New developments

Each of our resorts starts from a vision, which grows into a spectacular reality. We continue evaluating new markets for landmark development. Using a forward-thinking approach, we make every effort to include the most innovative technologies and tailor our plans to support the local needs. From the dream stage to the construction phase, sustainability is systematically incorporated into the entire development process.

Remodels and renovations

With a portfolio of 22,345 rooms and suites, hundreds of dining options, almost 30,000 theater seats, and a variety of other spaces, we are always remodeling, rebuilding, or refreshing some areas. During these upgrades, we consider everything from energy efficient bulbs and appliances to eco-friendly paints and carpets, low-flow water fixtures, and even integrated room controls.

Innovative technologies

Technology is advancing at a faster pace than ever before, and this is changing both the expectations of our guests as well as the way in which the hospitality industry as a whole conducts its business. From hydrogen fuel cells for forklifts to biogas waste to energy projects, new pilot technologies are constantly studied at our properties worldwide as we seek out ways to fine-tune our existing operations.

 

Exceptional guest experiences start with design excellence and intelligent engineering. From ideation to construction, we create spaces that look beautiful while conserving natural resources.

 

Case study
The ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands

Marina Bay Sands’ ArtScience Museum (ASM) is not only a museum but also a striking lotus-inspired iconic cultural landmark in Singapore that has exhibited artwork by world-famous artists including Leonardo da Vinci, Andy Warhol, and Vincent Van Gogh. The building, which serves as both a platform for sustainability and a model of design excellence, is the first museum in Asia-Pacific to secure the prestigious LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification under the Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance rating system.

Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, LEED is an industry-leading rating system for design, construction, and operation of high-performance green buildings. Our attainment of LEED Gold for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance for the ASM is a testament to both sustainable innovation and integrated environmentally sound practices.

  • Merging architecture and ecosystem

    ASM’s lotus flower petals serve not only as an aesthetic architectural statement, but also as a rainwater capturing system, collecting about 100,000 gallons each year. The water is used to fill the outdoor lily pond and for flushing in restrooms, reducing our reliance on potable water.

  • Showcasing innovative energy measures

    Unique museum exhibits require special cooling and humidity levels to preserve valuable artifacts. Despite these distinct requirements, the ASM structure is 47% more energy efficient than comparable building types. Optimized building systems and programmable lighting adjust throughout the day, allowing us to use energy only when needed.

  • Reusing resources responsibly

    We’ve carved out unique opportunities to collaborate with museum occupants on waste and circular economy. Together with the onsite coffee shop, we collect and reuse coffee grounds for composting in our herb garden. Any remaining grounds are sent to a local supplier for mushroom growing. Partnerships like these, along with community and Team Member education, help us recycle more than half of all operational waste each year.

Case study
The Parisian Macao

From luxury to LEED, The Parisian Macao was designed and constructed to be our most sustainable resort to date – yet mastering the learning curve wasn’t always a smooth ride.

When the sun sets on the famous Cotai Strip, onlookers are treated to a dazzling display of more than 6,000 individual lights illuminating the Macao sky. Equipping The Parisian with 100% energy efficient LED bulbs, both inside and out, proved quite the task given the building’s layout and size.

It is challenging to use current LED technology to illuminate the exterior of tall buildings because LEDs have limited reach. Finding lights that could shine up all 38 stories required a complete revamp of the conventional design, with lamps affixed at various levels throughout the façade.

The next issue came up during selection of the interior lighting. While the common knowledge is that LEDs are the most energy efficient option, we realized that not all LEDs are created equal. After reviewing many samples provided by the contractors, we found that a lot of proposed LED bulbs didn't provide any meaningful energy savings. From then on, our specifications included not only the use of LED technology but also lumens per watt requirements for the lighting output efficiency.

Set against the grandeur of the Cotai Strip, our newest property affords breathtaking views of our other Macao resorts and the halfscale replica of the Eiffel Tower. Those same windows are specifically designed with a high-performance glazing material that reduces the solar heat gain, which in turn lowers the building’s overall energy consumption.

Finally, we constructed The Parisian with an eye toward the future, recognizing that a building’s lifespan far exceeds that of the systems used to service it. Given the speed of change in technology, we designed the resort’s infrastructure to be adaptable to new sustainable solutions. When the Macao Water Supply Company pledged to provide reclaimed greywater available for non-potable use in the coming years, we knew we had to capitalize on this valuable resource. Even though the distribution system is not yet online, we constructed The Parisian with two sets of pipes and storage tanks: one for potable water, and one for reclaimed greywater once it becomes available from the local utility.