MAITE, Guam (10/25/10)--Coast360 FCU hopes to be the first commercial building in Guam to be certified by the U.S. Green Building Council as environmentally friendly. The new three-story, 49,000-square-foot headquarters’ building in Maite, Guam, provides several green solutions to reduce its environmental footprint (Pacific Daily News
Oct. 21). Among the feaures are:
* Outside, a rooftop garden over the drive-up window lanes makes it cooler for members driving up to do their banking; members with low-emission vehicles have their own parking spots; and customers with electric cars can park near a recharging station to power up while they’re inside. * Inside, large wind-resistant windows let in the natural light, lowering the use of electricity; and a rainfall retrieval system catches rainwater to be used for watering drought-resistant plants and providing water for restrooms.
The certification process can take up to eight months. Once the entire process is finished, Coast360 FCU said it hopes to be able to hang the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design-certified silver plaque on its sustainable lumber walls.