Sustainable Building From The Eyes Of A Home Renovation Expert


Las Vegas has a great example of how a property can be both luxurious and green. The Palazzo hotel was made with guest comfort and fun in mind. However, there is a lot at work keeping the building's carbon footprint down behind the scenes. Nearly half of the building is open to the outside to take advantage of the great weather. The irrigation systems are equipped with sensors so watering only happens when it has to. Artificial grass in some of the outdoor areas is another way this hotel conserves water. Then, there is the air conditioning system. All of the other water conservation techniques at work save a whopping eight million gallons of water a year. The air conditioning system tops that by saving more than 10 million gallons of water annually. Because of its green features, the Palazzo was recently named the “Most Eco Friendly Hotel in America”.

Residential buildings can undergo similar changes catered to the location. A recent trend is installing these drip irrigation systems especially in drier locations. Many homes are also installing gray water systems to irrigate gardens and lawns. Without gray water systems, the water would have completely gone to waste. Not only is this beneficial for the environment, but it is also beneficial for homeowners check book.

The Palazzo is not alone in opening its business to the elements. The travel business is leaning toward bringing the outside in. They are building rooms that are entirely outdoors. Buildings are being equipped with large windows and skylights to make use of sunlight during the day. The sunlight is also used in pool areas to keep the water warm, thanks to solar heating system technology. In some areas, the sun can only be used so much. However, in areas like Las Vegas, there is solar power to spare, so water heaters can also make use of the sunlight.

Solar power systems are a large expense at the beginning, but they are very accessible for homeowners and trends are forming in that area as well. Over the years of having these solar panels, people will see a fairly fast return. This is another trend that began in the corporate world and is rapidly growing for new homes. The travel industry is virtually global, so seeing trends toward green building materials in this area is a good indication that renewable energy is becoming more widespread. Vegas is just one city that sees millions of travelers each year. If these facilities can implement sustainable features, so can our homes.


The contributor of this article, Sam Marquit, is an entrepreneurial independent contractor and home renovation/remodeling expert in New York. As a strong advocate of sustainable building techniques, Sam makes it a point to share his views with readers globally. Dreamhomes shares his views on this matter, and we will definitely like to see more of such environmental responsibility in the building/construction and interior design industry in Singapore.


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