Welcome to the third installment of Building Design+Construction’s “Great Solutions,” highlighting 14 innovative technologies and products that you can put to work in your next project.

This free-form floating ceiling uses aluminum to add drama to healthcare think t
This free-form floating ceiling uses aluminum to add drama to healthcare think tank.
December 09, 2012

Welcome to the third installment of Building Design+Construction’s “Great Solutions,” highlighting 14 innovative technologies and products that you can put to work in your next project. Readers are encouraged to submit entries for future Great Solutions; if we use yours, you’ll earn a $25 gift certificate, as Corky Bradley, AIA, LEED AP, did for his contribution (see page 26).

 

NET-ZERO ENERGY BRANCH BANK

Prototype cashes in on energy-neutral trend

 

PNC Bank has 118 LEED-certified buildings,  more than other any company in the world. In a few months, the bank will open its first net-zero branch, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The 4,900-sf building will be powered by solar PVs, with daylight harvesting linked to solar shading and dimmable light fixtures. Recycled structural and shell materials are locally sourced. The facility will have a quarter-mile garden walking path for use by customers and local residents. Designed by Gensler, the building will use 50% less energy than a typical PNC branch and is expected to produce enough energy to power a 1,600-sf house for a year. The prototype will serve as a model for future PNC branch installations in the U.S.

         
 

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