Posted on July 13, 2020 by Sustainable Food News

Top fast-food chain unveils net-zero energy restaurant

McDonald’s new global flagship has over 700 sq. ft. of plant-covered walls to absorb CO2

McDonald’s Corp. said it has completed construction of a newly remodeled global flagship restaurant designed to create enough renewable energy on-site to cover all its energy needs on a net annual basis.

The new 8,024 square-foot restaurant is located in Orlando, Fla., at Walt Disney World Resort.

The restaurant features an expansive, v-shaped solar-paneled roof and photovoltaic glass panels integrated throughout the building.

There are 1,066 solar panels on the roof, generating 600,000 kWh per year. And, outdoor porch skylights feature 1,500 square feet of solar glass panels, generating nearly 70,000 kWh annually.

Over 1,700 square feet of plant-covered walls absorb carbon dioxide, “promoting biodiversity and retaining water,” the company said. (see pic below).

More than 600 square feet of louver windows open and close automatically ‘inhaling” cool air in and “exhaling” warm air out.The restaurant will serve as a learning hub to test solutions for reducing energy and water use.

For an initial “soft-launch” period, the restaurant is open only for drive thru and delivery service. Dine-in service will open at a later date, the company said, adding that it will pursue the International Living Future Institute’s Zero Energy Certification over the next year.

McDonald’s has a goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 36 percent in restaurants and offices by 2030 compared to a 2015 base year.

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