To reduce the amount of fossil fuel-based power used at CityCenter, many measures were taken during the design process to achieve a 30-percent increase in energy efficiency over similar buildings using traditional design.
- CityCenter generates its own electricity on site. A state-of-the-art central power plant uses natural gas to create electricity, then captures emitted heat before it enters the atmosphere to meet the domestic hot water needs of all buildings and pools in the complex. This highly efficient cogeneration plant reduces the energy that would otherwise be used by boilers to heat water.
- Low-wattage lighting sets the ambiance in guest rooms, public spaces and garages, utilizing cutting-edge illumination technologies such as compact fluorescent bulbs, light-emitting diodes (LEDs), and cold cathode light systems.
- Sophisticated ENERGY STAR washers, dishwashers and refrigerators are installed in every condominium unit.
- Complex window glazing, building shades, and light-colored rooftops reflect and deflect intense desert sunlight before it can enter buildings at CityCenter, dramatically reducing the amount of energy required to cool indoor spaces.
- Constant electronic monitoring by computerized control systems, combined with periodic building inspections ensure that all systems are performing at optimum capacity and maximizing energy conservation.
The amount of energy saved by the efficient design of CityCenter is equal to the average annual power use of 8,800 homes.