This is a long piece so we will present in two parts. However, it is worth your time and effort. The business world can make or break our green efforts, given their size and influence on society. We need their buy-in, and getting McDonalds to invest in seeking net-zero on their facilities is almost astounding in ambition. We hope to talk to them, and their partners in this, as well.
As you will see at the end of the article, they have lots of other worthy goals in pursuit of their company transformation. We wish them the very best, and hope it is a true spring board to their future success.
From the Rocky Mountain Institute
...Building lighting systems are another key area of focus for this study. The study shows up to a 60-percent reduction in lighting energy consumption is possible while also decreasing lighting system capital costs. Improved system design can produce the same light levels as a traditional lighting design using fewer fixtures. Falling LED prices, increasing LED efficiency, and targeted lighting system designs (including natural lighting with skylights) enable this level of energy reduction.
The team uncovered a number of solutions related to the HVAC, lighting, and refrigeration systems, in addition to building envelope, kitchen equipment, and other building load improvements. Where possible, system efficiencies were improved, passive strategies were used, equipment was combined, and waste heat was recovered. Energy efficiency solutions were assessed (using equipment-specific analysis and whole-building energy modeling), prioritized, and packaged into a recommended net-zero energy solution.