PLANNING AND DESIGNING IN SUSTAINABILITY - THE ASTRAL TOWER
The Star Entertainment Group focuses on achieving energy and water efficiency outcomes in all refurbishment and development projects without comprising guest experience.
In the recent $130 million refurbishment of the Astral Tower and Residences at The Star Sydney, modern luxury was achieved in each of the 375 rooms refurbished. This upgrade also contributed towards achievement of our sustainability goals.
Our Sustainable Design and Operational Standards were applied in the planning and design phase, focusing on energy efficient lighting selection, smart controls, water efficient fixtures, fittings and toilets with high WELS ratings, and in-room recycling for guests.
Through improved specifications in design, the refurbishment project is estimated to deliver over 1,200 Mwh in electricity savings, over 2,000 GJ in gas savings and over 26,000 kL of water savings per annum. These energy savings equate to a total annual carbon saving of approximately 900 tonnes, which is approximately 2.4 tonnes of CO2 for each room refurbished.
The sustainable design features used in the refurbishment of the Astral Tower and Residences are estimated to deliver annual cost savings of over $370,000 in energy, water and maintenance expenses.
The design elements for the Astral Tower and Residences included:
REUSING WASTE OYSTER SHELLS TO IMPROVE ECOLOGY WITH OCEANWATCH AUSTRALIA
The Star Sydney was delighted to collaborate with OceanWatch Australia to donate used oyster shells from the Harvest Buffet at The Star Sydney to OceanWatch Australia’s Living Shoreline’s Program.
The program aims to re‑establish Australian intertidal reefs supporting habitat growth in dedicated rehabilitation areas across Sydney Harbour.
Over a number of restaurant sittings, The Star Sydney’s Harvest Buffet and stewarding teams worked with OceanWatch Australia to collect over 500 kgs of used oyster shells. Once collected, the Ocean Watch Australia team processes, cleans and bags the shells for placement in Sydney Harbour to create artificial reefs which prevent erosion and create a habitat for marine life.
OceanWatch Australia works with the community to ensure Australia’s marine environment is healthy, productive, valued and used in a responsible way.
DESIGN IN ACTION - THE STAR GOLD COAST
Sustainable design has been applied to the refurbishment of the existing hotel offering at The Star Gold Coast as part of the $345 million transformation being undertaken at the property.
The Star Gold Coast is currently refurbishing 600 hotel and suite rooms. Prior to the project commencing, a detailed energy audit was conducted and identified significant opportunity to improve bathroom fittings and fixtures, HVAC (heating, ventilation, air-conditioning), and shading to reduce solar gain. Applying the 'Sustainable Design Guidelines' and findings from the energy audit has led to energy savings approximately 1,334 Mwh and 22,000 kL of water per annum. The design elements for the hotel and suite rooms include:
- 35W halogen downlights are replaced with 10W LED lights
- Upgrading room controls and in-room technology with C4 Suite control system that enables the room to go into a sleep mode to conserve energy
- Bathroom taps and shower heads are now 5 star WELS rated
- In-room lamps and mirror lighting are replaced with LED lighting
- Toilets are 4 star WELS rated saving over 5,300 kL of water per annum.
The refurbishment of the hotel and suite rooms is estimated to generate approximately $280,000 per year in energy and water savings as a result of the sustainable design features.