Sun, Shade and Air Help PNC Achieve a Net-Zero Energy Branch
-Branch Produces As Much Energy As It Consumes-
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Jan. 14, 2013
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
"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
The branch will also include:
oSOLAR ENERGY: The branch is powered by the sun using the most efficient
photovoltaic (solar) panels on the commercial market.
oDAYLIGHT & OCCUPANCY SENSORS: The branch uses photo-sensors that control
dimmable light fixtures as natural sunlight increases and occupancy
sensors that prompt lights and computer monitors to shut off automatically
in unoccupied spaces.
oDIRECT CURRENT (DC) POWER: Solar panels send energy from the sun to a DC
ceiling grid system that powers highly-efficient LED interior lighting.
This direct transfer of energy prevents the energy loss that would
normally occur when converting DC to alternating current (AC).
oRESOURCE CONSERVATION: PNC used local and recycled resources for building
structure and wall materials, as well as interior finishes. Products made
with more than 80 percent recycled material were also selected for all
ceiling tiles and walls.
oNATIVE PLANTS AND IRRIGATION: The landscape design is comprised of native
Florida species, minimizing irrigation needs. Natural drainage channels
lined with plants filter out pollutants and permit ground absorption,
diverting much of the site's stormwater from municipal sewer systems.
oSOLAR SHADING: A canopy covers the building's southern exposure to
reflect sun during the hottest part of the day without preventing natural
daylight from entering the building, resulting in reduced cooling costs.
oWATER EFFICIENCY: Through highly-efficient water fixtures, the branch
consumes 40 percent less water for interior use than a conventional
oWASTE MANAGEMENT: 98 percent of construction waste was diverted from
landfills. In addition, branch staff recycle all paper, as well as
cardboard, plastic, glass and metal containers.
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.
PNC Bank, National Association, is a member of The PNC Financial Services
Group, Inc. (NYSE: PNC). PNC (www.pnc.com), is one of the nation's largest
diversified financial services organizations providing retail and business
banking; residential mortgage banking; specialized services for corporations
and government entities, including corporate banking, real estate finance and
asset-based lending; wealth management and asset management. Follow @PNCNews
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