Alpine Bank in Rifle awarded gold-level LEED certification
RIFLE, Colorado ” Alpine Bank in south Rifle was awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design gold certification, the bank announced.
U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Green Building Rating System is a nationally accepted standard for design, construction and operation of “high performance green buildings,” the building council’s website says. Different levels of certification are awarded based on the total credits earned: Certified, silver, gold and platinum.
“We’ve made a commitment to our communities and our customers to do what we can (within our control) to protect and sustain our natural environment,” said Alpine Bank Rifle President Jay Rickstrew in a written statement. “We’ve also made a commitment to our employees to create a healthy working environment. Both of these commitments we wanted to accomplish leaving as little of an environmental footprint as possible.”
Alpine Bank said the south Rifle location is the first financial services institution to earn LEED certification in Colorado. It’s a 2,700-square-foot building on a one-acre site meant to demonstrate Alpine Bank’s environmental commitment. It’s the bank’s third facility meeting LEED requirements.
LEED certification of the south Rifle location was based on green design and construction features positively impacting the project and the community as a whole. The building includes a well-insulated envelope, a 6,500-watt solar electric system expected to meet 17 percent of the building’s electricity needs, high-performance glazing, and energy-efficient lighting and mechanical systems expected to generate a 40 percent energy savings compared to a similar regular building, Alpine Bank said.
The remaining electricity not generated by the solar electric system comes from wind power, and 100 percent of the bank’s electricity is generated from renewable energy. Many recycled materials were used to build the bank. It also incorporates a number of water efficiency measures.
The building is also designed to maximize interior day lighting and views. Light and motion sensors ensure that artificial lighting is used only when necessary. The lighting system dims or turns off artificial lights if they’re not needed. It’s expected to use up to 75 percent less electricity than standard buildings and reduce the amount of “night sky pollution” or light escaping the building at night, the bank said.
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