The McDonald’s Flagship — Disney aims to become the world’s first Net Zero Energy quick service restaurant and in doing so represents McDonald’s commitment to building a better future.
Under a shed clad in solar panels, the restaurant is a sustainable and healthy response to the Florida climate. Taking advantage of the humid subtropical climate, the building is naturally ventilated ~65% of the year. Jalousie windows, operated by outdoor humidity and temperature sensors, close automatically when air-conditioning is required. An outdoor “porch” features wood louvered walls and fans to create an extension of the indoor dining room.
As an energy intensive building typology and arguably an enabler of automobile culture, the McDonald’s Flagship – Disney explores its role as a sustainable steward and learning lab for scalable technology; revolutionizing an industry to be more thoughtful, strategic, and impactful.