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Duke Energy Center achieves LEED Platinum

The Duke Energy Center (A Wells Fargo Bank Property) officially received its LEED Platinum certification, recognizing it as the most sustainable skyscraper in America.

Only the Duke Energy Center in Charlotte and Bank of America’s One Bryant Park tower in New York have achieved the highest green-building rating from the U.S. Green Building Council. And the Charlotte building grades out just a bit higher on the scorecard, making it the unofficial No. 1.

Wachovia started building the 1.4 million-square-feet, 48-floor tower five years ago. It was intended to be the bank’s headquarters. But after acquiring Wachovia in 2008, Wells Fargo sold the naming rights to Duke Energy. Still, the new ownership completed the building and will continue to own the impressive structure.

Rick Fedrizzi says it has the potential to foster a wave of green building in the Charlotte area. It also forces people that encounter the building to examine their own sustainability efforts. “It’s about changing the way people think. Ultimately, we can transform a generation,” he says. “This is a great story because there’s no way you can look at the Charlotte skyline and not believe this is a wonderful, energized place to live.”

BRAE worked in partnership with Boda Plumbing and Richard Bodenheimer, PE to succcessfully integrate the rainwater and condensate recovery system from conceptual design through implementation. The system consists of multiple cast in place concrete tanks continuously monitored with level controls. The BRAE Rainset control station utilizes a combination of ozone disinfection, UV disinfection and particle filters to provide product water to:

Cooling Tower Makeup
Green Roof Irrigation
Landscape Irrigation (The Green)

Among the building’s sustainable features:

  1. Uses 22 percent less energy than similar buildings its size
  2. 90% of construction waste from building was recycled
  3. Consumes 30 million fewer gallons of water compared to similar buildings
  4. 34 percent of the building’s materials were produced within 500 miles of Charlotte
  5. Lighting system is interfaced with window blinds to maximize natural lighting and limit artificial light
  6. 120 feet underground thousands of gallons of rainwater, groundwater and condensation is collected and filtered for use in the building
  7. A rooftop courtyard on the 10th floor is covered with vegetation and offers terrific views of the Charlotte skyline

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