The Cary McDonald’s uses a fully automated, intelligent lighting-control system that combines light from high-efficiency Cree LED lighting and daylighting from Solatube® skylights with a photo sensor to maintain the proper light levels on work surfaces. For example, if it rains and the daylighting is reduced, the LED light levels are increased to compensate. The dimming capability of the Cree LED lighting provides the flexibility needed for this system to work effectively. Cree’s LED products are featured throughout the restaurant, including dining areas, kitchen, hallways and restrooms, as well as the drive-thru and entryways.
Other features of the green design include LED lights in the parking lot, front counters made of recycled glass and concrete, a parking lot that utilizes recycled concrete as well as re-use of the restaurant’s original ENERGY STAR®-rated equipment. The building uses water conservation measures such as low-flow toilets and landscaping consisting of native and adaptive plants and trees requiring little or no irrigation, which Richards expects will allow the restaurant to save 550,000 gallons of water annually.