Bank of America Opens First Banking Center Built to Meet Highest LEED Green Building...

Fri Jan 11, 2008 3:00pm EST

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Bank of America Opens First Banking Center Built to Meet Highest LEED Green
Building Standards

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- As part of its $20 billion
environmental commitment, Bank of America has opened one of the most
environmentally-responsible bank branches in the nation, featuring a solar
paneled roof, insulation made of recycled blue jeans and counters comprised of
pressed wheat.
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    Located in Adelanto, the banking center was designed to achieve "Platinum"
certification, the highest standard in the U.S. Green Building Council's
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program.  No other retail
bank branch in the U.S. has achieved this certification level.
    "Bank of America has a legacy of environmental leadership going back two
decades, and this banking center shows our continued commitment," said Raquel
Gonzalez, regional executive for Bank of America's Community West region. "We
believe this will be the future of banking centers."
    In its $20 billion environmental commitment, announced in March, Bank of
America committed $1.4 billion to achieve LEED certification in all new
construction of offices and banking centers.  The Bank of America Tower at One
Bryant Park in Manhattan, scheduled to be completed in 2008, is designed to be
one of the world's most environmentally-responsible skyscrapers.  It also is
striving to achieve Platinum LEED certification.
    Green elements of the banking center include:

    Solar Energy: The roof is comprised of 64 photovoltaic solar panels
    that generate 18 Kw of power, enough for 60% of the site's energy
    needs. This solar generation facility also exceeds California energy
    standards for commercial buildings by 60%.

    Recycled Materials: More than 20% of construction materials is from
    recycled materials, including 100% insulation made of old blue jeans,
    and counters made of wheat byproducts, including kernels and chaff.

    Reduced Water Usage: Drip irrigation, low-water landscaping and low-
    flush plumbing enables the site to reduce water usage by 40% compared
    to traditional banking centers.

    High Efficiency Equipment: All windows are high-efficiency, as is the
    cooling system.

    The banking center, which opened its doors to customers on December 12,
was designed by Gensler, a leading global design, planning and strategic
consulting firm specializing in sustainability.  It took approximately six
months to build.  A second banking center, designed to meet LEED Gold
certification standards, is scheduled to open mid-2008 in Los Angeles.
    Bank of America
    Bank of America is one of the world's largest financial institutions,
serving individual consumers, small and middle market businesses and large
corporations with a full range of banking, investing, asset management and
other financial and risk-management products and services. The company
provides unmatched convenience in the United States, serving more than 57
million consumer and small business relationships with more than 5,700 retail
banking offices, more than 17,000 ATMs and award-winning online banking with
more than 23 million active users. Bank of America is the No. 1 overall Small
Business Administration (SBA) lender in the United States and the No. 1 SBA
lender to minority-owned small businesses. The company serves clients in 175
countries and has relationships with 99 percent of the U.S. Fortune 500
companies and 80 percent of the Fortune Global 500. Bank of America
Corporation stock (NYSE: BAC) is listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Member
FDIC.
SOURCE  Bank of America

Colleen Haggerty of Bank of America, +1-213-621-7414,
Colleen.Haggerty@BankofAmerica.com
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