Ross barney architects has remodeled a restaurant for mcdonald’s that generates all of its own power from renewable energy. located at the walt disney world resort in florida, the flagship location creates enough renewable energy on-site to cover 100% of its energy needs on a net annual basis. mcdonald’s says that the restaurant will now become a learning hub for the company to test solutions for reducing energy and water use.
the building, designed by ross barney architects, takes the form of a ‘shed’ that responds to florida’s humid climate. the 8,024 square foot (745 square meter) restaurant features a V-shaped roof with solar panels, while photovoltaic glass panels are integrated throughout the building. in total there are 18,727 square feet (1,740 sqm) of photovoltaic panels and 4,809 square feet (447 sqm) of glazing integrated photovoltaic panels. meanwhile, 25 off-the-grid parking lot lights help offset more than 9,000 kWh per year.
although the restaurant will be naturally ventilated for about 65% of the year, the building’s jalousie windows — operated by outdoor humidity and temperature sensors — close automatically when air-conditioning is required. meanwhile, an outdoor ‘porch’ — serving extension of the indoor dining room — features wood louvered walls and fans. externally, over 1,700 square feet (158 sqm) of plant covered walls absorb carbon dioxide, while promoting biodiversity and water retention.
to solidify the restaurant’s net zero energy status, mcdonald’s will pursue the international living future institute’s zero energy certification over the next year. data and learnings from the restaurant will also inform mcdonald’s global sustainability efforts, including progressing toward the company’s science-based target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 36% in restaurants and offices by 2030 compared to a 2015 base year.