Fla. credit unions adds 2 green buildings
Suncoast Credit Union has opened two green buildings in Fort Myers, Fla., reports Florida Weekly.
The Riverdale Service Center and the Southern Training Center neighbor each other on Palm Beach Blvd.
“Both our training center and the new Fort Myers branch are a part of Suncoast’s goal to be an active and responsible member of the community through our green initiatives,” said Bakari Kennedy, director of facilities for Suncoast. “These two buildings are expected to be net zero, meaning they will use zero electricity to power the building, saving the credit union a total of approximately $32,000 annually.”
The buildings rely on:
- A total of 696 rooftop solar panels, providing a total of 185,071 kilowatt-hours of energy per year
- Interfaced recycled carpet
- Interior and exterior LED lighting
- Low-flow water fixtures
With the addition of the Riverdale Service Center and the Southern Training Center, Suncoast has constructed 13 green buildings since 2013 — five of which are net zero buildings. In total, Suncoast’s green and solar initiatives save the credit union $305,000 annually in energy expenses.
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