Simply said, two words capture how we feel about our newest building: Love it!
We hope you'll join us celebrating the fact that our newest building, the Duke Energy Center, is the first (and tallest) building to receive Platinum certification under the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) for Core & Shell rating system Version 2.0! Platinum is the highest level of certification available through the LEED® program — widely recognized as one of the most rigorous programs for greener buildings.
The Duke Energy Center represents our commitment to doing business that's equally respectful of our communities and our environment. It's also a demonstration of possibilities: Proof that we as a society have the expertise, know-how, and capability to build in a way that significantly lessens the impact we have on our environment.
We're doing our best to bring that expertise to play in our own operations all over the country. Our new construction retail banking stores are pre-certified LEED® Silver, and about 50% of all our stores will undergo LEED® for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance (EB:O&M). In other words, we're working to make our existing retail banking stores greener, too!
We encourage you to build or upgrade to greener standards, too. Here a few reasons why...
Back to our LEED®-certified Platinum building. We want you to know that, while the Duke Energy Center is complete, in no way does it represent an endpoint. Rather, we see it as a milestone along an ongoing journey toward a more sustainable future for all of us.
We'd love to hear from you! How long will it be before most buildings in the U.S. and world are greener? What's it going to take to speed up the process? And how can we work together to help?