Green Building

North Carolina green building wins LEED Silver certification

Fri, 09/23/2011 - 09:15

The 16,000-square-foot building on Forestdale Drive in Burlington, North Carolina, that houses the Proponent Federal Credit Union has incorporated the latest in environmentally friendly technologies in an effort to reduce its carbon footprint, according to the Burlington Times-News.

After receiving the LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Department of Energy, the building was the first commercial structure in Alamance County to be named "green-certified". Due to the use of sustainable technology, the property was given the honors, reported the news source.

"We realized that we could do something a lot different," Paul DiEdwardo, senior IT tech analyst for the company, told the Times-News.

The building utilizes solar panels on the roof of the premises to warm a radiant heating system that was installed throughout the property as part of an effort to lower electricity costs and reduce energy consumption.

A radiant heating system can provide a more efficient source of heat, as the technology helps to deliver a more uniform warmth. The temperature difference between the ceiling and the floor is only two-to-three degrees with this system, as opposed to more than 10 degrees for other systems.