FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Jan. 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- PNC Bank announced today the opening of its new net-zero energy bank branch. PNC expects this branch, which is the company's most energy-efficient, to use 50 percent less energy than a typical bank branch and exceed LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum certification. The 4,900 square foot building is located at 1153 S. Andrews Ave. in Fort Lauderdale.
"Cutting energy consumption in a building by 50 percent compared to code and adding renewable generation requires corporate commitment and a strong eye toward strategy," said Michael Baechler, senior program manager at the U.S. Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. "Over the past few years, PNC has taught the DOE and national labs how corporations can manage and benefit from a commitment to energy efficiency."
PNC has more newly constructed, LEED-certified buildings (119) than any company on Earth. The Fort Lauderdale branch features innovative green technology and amenities, including 211 solar panels, a riverfront walking path for the public, paving designed to reduce rainwater runoff, high-efficiency LED lights and ENERGY STAR® appliances. Many of these money-saving features will become standard in the next generation of PNC's green buildings.
"The net-zero energy model demonstrates how a commitment to innovation can cut costs and increase efficiency," said Gary Saulson, PNC's director of Corporate Real Estate. "We expect the net-zero energy branch to reduce expenses, spur local business growth and inspire other businesses to adopt green building practices."
The branch will also include:
To develop the net-zero energy branch, PNC Bank collaborated with Gensler, a leading global design firm, and the Department of Energy as part of the DOE's Net-Zero Energy Commercial Building Initiative, which aims to significantly improve the energy efficiency of new and existing commercial buildings. Gensler has worked with PNC since 2006 and is the design architect, while Paladino & Company has worked with PNC since 1998 serving as sustainability and green building consultant.
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