TD Bank, one of the 15 largest commercial banks in the United States with $142 billion in assets, announced plans today to begin building new bank branches with a greener theme in mind. The bank, with branches all up and down the east coast of the United States, said these new “stores” will be LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified.
Plans specifically call for energy consumption reduction by up to half at these locations, compared to previous bank store designs, “with nearly 20 percent of the store’s energy being produced onsite through solar panels and solar drive-thru canopies.” There will be a variety of other green touches built in as well, including products that emit little-to-no VOCs (volatile organic materials), insulated glass with a “low-E coating” to help keep a balanced, temperate environment and sensors to control lighting.
TD Bank plans to open its first prototype branch in Queens Village, N.Y. in the spring, with up to 10 more stores following suite by the end of the year. In 2011, the vast majority of new TD Bank stores constructed will be LEED certified and all stores thereafter. “TD Bank is committed to protecting the environment and reducing its own greenhouse gas emissions by developing innovative buildings and focusing on sustainability efforts for our employees and customers,” said Fred Graziano, head of retail banking for TD Bank, in a statement.