PNC Bank, a financial services organization, has announced the opening of its new net-zero energy bank branch in Fort Lauderdale.
PNC expects this branch, which is the company's most energy-efficient, to use 50% 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 South Andrews Avenue in Fort Lauderdale.
"Cutting energy consumption in a building by 50% compared to code and adding renewable generation requires corporate commitment and a strong eye toward strategy," said Michael Baechler, senior program manager at the US 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."
The Fort Lauderdale branch features 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.
"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."