Green bank branch opens in North Carolina
Green banking involves much more than converting paper checking accounts to online checking accounts or paying bills online, it stands for a commitment to the environment. Another bank has stepped up and made that eco-friendly commitment. Fifth Third Bank announces the opening of a new branch in North Carolina with everything you want out of a green bank.
Fifth Third Bank Press release:
Fifth Third today formally announces the opening of its Wilkinson Banking Center located at 2752 Ashley Road in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Wilkinson Banking Center is Fifth Third’s first green banking center in its North Carolina market and its second facility in its 12-state footprint. The Company opened its first green location in Orlando, FL, in May of this year.
The Wilkinson facility was designed to use less energy and water than standard buildings and incorporates a number of environmentally-advanced features that lessen its impact on the environment. The facility will pursue Silver recognition under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards set by the U.S. Green Building Council.
“The Wilkinson Banking Center, our second green facility, provided our Company with additional insight into designing, building and operating green banking centers,” said William J. Moran, Fifth Third Bancorp’s senior vice president and head of Corporate Facilities. “These experiences are helping us determine our approach to future construction projects.”
Planning for this facility began with choosing a location that was accessible and convenient. With easy access to three bus lines (Route 5, 30, and 235), stores, restaurants, and other services, the Wilkinson Banking Center helps create a more walker-friendly, enjoyable, and healthier neighborhood that enables customers to combine trips, save gasoline, and help the environment.
Other environmentally advanced features of this building and its construction methods include:
- Increased ventilation and more energy-efficient equipment will improve air quality, provide greater thermal comfort, and reduce energy use by 29 percent.
- Water efficient bathroom and kitchen features will reduce indoor water consumption by 30 percent while drought-tolerant and native landscaping should avoid the need for a permanent irrigation system once the landscaping is established.
- Much of the rain that falls on the property will flow into on-site retention ponds, be absorbed by the ground, and reduce the facility’s impact on the sewer system and the local and regional environment.
- Reflective roof shingles and concrete will reflect rather than absorb heat, meaning the building, parking lot, and surrounding area will be cooler.
- Twenty-eight percent of the dollar value of building materials and products were sourced and manufactured within 500 miles, thereby supporting the local and regional economy and reducing transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions.
- Eighty six percent of construction-related waste was diverted or recycled to minimize the amount of waste sent to a landfill.
- Renewable energy credits were purchased that are equivalent to 100% of the facility’s expected energy use.