Dunkin’ Donuts has broken ground in St. Petersburg, Florida for its first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified restaurant. The restaurant is projected to open in September 2008.
LEED certification is widely recognized as the standard for “green” construction in the United States. The LEED rating system sets forth specific criteria that constitute a “green” building and LEED certification provides third-party verification that the criteria have been met. The United States Green Building Council (USGBC) created the LEED Green Building Rating System, a voluntary point-based rating system used to certify buildings as “green.” LEED criteria are grouped into categories such as: sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, as well as innovation and design process.
The first Dunkin’ Donuts LEED certified restaurant is said to be part of a greater Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) commitment. The restaurant, which will look like the Dunkin’ Donuts flagship model design, will have numerous LEED enhancements, including:
- Energy-efficient insulated concrete foam walls to reduce air conditioning usage by approximately 40%
- Energy-efficient lighting, including motion sensors for restrooms and offices
- Water-efficient plumbing fixtures, low-flush toilets, and the usage of well water rather than potable water for all irrigation
- Waste from the construction site will be diverted to the local recycling center
- Identifying designated areas within the restaurant for storage/collection of recyclable materials
- Meeting IAQ (Indoor Air Quality) standards for debris/dust/garbage levels during construction
“We are extremely excited to be a part of Dunkin’ Donuts’ first LEED certified restaurant here in St. Petersburg,” said franchisee Robert Aziz. “We’re not just bringing people faster, more affordable food and beverage choices – we’re going to do it in a way that is environmentally friendly for the people who live and work in St. Petersburg.”