PNC Bank has announced that it is building a bank branch that will produce more energy than it uses. Gary Saulson, the company’s director of corporate real estate, cites the new net-zero energy building as an example of the firm’s “commitment to innovation and energy efficiency.” The branch is expected to open in the first quarter of 2013 in Fort Lauderdale.
The PNC company announcement says that the new building will include 211 photovoltaic (PV) solar panels and a daylight harvesting system that will use sensors to dim the internal lighting as natural sunlight increases. The building will also feature an energy-recovery ventilation system that will capture and reuse waste energy from the air conditioning system. And the landscape design will feature native plants and a natural drainage system conceived to minimize irrigation needs. The building also makes extensive use of recycled building materials, solar shading, and other green features. These design features are expected to “yield annual energy savings equivalent to the energy needed to power a 1,600 square foot house.”