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McDonald’s Disney-Flagship positions itself to be world’s first net-zero quick-service restaurant

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McDonald’s Disney-Flagship positions itself to be world’s first net-zero quick-service restaurant

Ross Barney Architects designed the project.

By David Malone, Associate Editor | December 17, 2020
McDonald's Flagship Disney at dusk

Photo: Kate Joyce

The 8,024-sf McDonald’s Flagship-Disney, located in Orlando, has completed construction and is aiming to be the first net-zero quick service restaurant in the world.

The project takes advantage of Orlando’s subtropical climate and is able to be naturally ventilated for about 65% of the year. Jalousie windows, operated by outdoor humidity and temperature sensors, close automatically when air conditioning is required.


McDonald's Flagship-DisneyPhoto: Ross Barney Architects.


On-site energy generation strategies include 18,727 sf of photovoltaic panels, 4,809 sf of glazing integrated photovoltaic panels (BiPV), and 25 off-the-grid parking lot lights. Other sustainable strategies include paving materials that reduce the urban heat island effect, surfaces that redirect rainwater, 1,766 sf of living green wall, new LED lighting, and low flow plumbing.

An outdoor porch features Kebony wood louvered walls and fans to create an extension of the indoor dining room.


McDonald's Flagship-Disney interiorPhoto: Kate Joyce.

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