Tuesday, August 10, 2010

PNC Bank Adds Seven LEED(TM)-Certified Green Buildings; Raises Total to 8

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has certified seven more Green Branch(R) locations of PNC Bank based on environmentally friendly construction and design, boosting its total to 84 LEED(TM)-certified green buildings.

In 2002 PNC became the first major U.S. bank to design and build environmentally friendly LEED-certified bank branches in the United States and has more newly constructed certified green buildings than any company on Earth.

PNC (NYSE: PNC) is the only bank permitted to use the term Green Branch(R) based on the registered trademark granted by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. The trademark is affirmation of PNC's leadership and commitment to green business practices.

"We have continued to evolve our innovative approach to eco-friendly business practices and we have momentum with 30 additional locations awaiting certification by the USGBC," said Gary Saulson, PNC's director of corporate real estate.

The bank's prototype Green Branch(R) features include:

- Materials: more than 50 percent of the branch is locally manufactured or made from recycled or green materials.

- Energy & Water Efficiency: energy usage is reduced 35 percent or more compared to a traditional branch; water usage is reduced by 4,000 gallons a year and window walls are three times more efficient than code.

- Pollution Control: construction waste is recycled or salvaged and the cooling system is designed to protect the ozone.

The newly certified Green Branch(R) locations are in three states. All 84 (81 for new construction and three for interiors) certified locations can be found via www.pnc.com/green.

Pennsylvania Newtown - Newtown II, 2500 South Eagle Road Yardley - Octagon Center, 91 Oxford Valley Road Bethlehem - Plaza on Eighth, 1481 Eighth Ave.

Virginia Fredericksburg - Celebrate Virginia South, 1001 Gordon W. Shelton Blvd. Woodbridge - Potomac Town Center, 14910 Diamond View Way Centreville - Sully Station, 5321 Westfields Blvd.

New Jersey East Windsor - East Windsor, 440 Route 130

The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (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 on Twitter for breaking news, updates and announcements from PNC.