One of the McDonald’s Australia Environmental Department’s key objectives in 2011 was to obtain certification with the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) and design and build a scalable, Green-Star-rated McDonald’s restaurant.
McDonald’s Australia partnered with the GBCA with the aim of becoming an industry leader as the first quick serve restaurant (QSR) in Australia to develop and build an accredited, 4-Star Green Building. This project has enabled the company to consolidate and implement a number of worthwhile sustainability initiatives into building standards.
McDonald’s Australia’s first green restaurant will be in the Victoria suburb of Kilsyth in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs. The design and construction of the restaurant will be a first for the QSR industry in Australia. This initiative will place the company ahead of its competitors and establish it at the forefront of this increasingly important area. This building will feature a range of green building initiatives targeting energy, water and waste. The savings generated will be trialed, tracked and measured to benchmark the success of the project.