Dunkin’ Donuts has launched a green building certification program to help franchisees build sustainable, energy-efficient restaurants and says it will work with franchisees and construction managers to build 100 new “DD Green” certified restaurants by the end of 2016.
To be recognized as a DD Green restaurant, franchisees, construction managers and architects will follow a five-stage program during the planning, design and construction phases of store development. Those that have met the DD Green criteria will display a DD Green plaque in-store.
The five stages of the DD Green program include site development, store efficiency, healthy indoors, sustainable operations and innovation and community. Each stage includes guidance and metrics to achieve with the design and construction team and focuses on sustainable strategies such as: mitigation of construction pollution and waste recycling, installation of energy-efficient LED light fixtures, mechanical units and water-saving plumbing fixtures, implementation of healthy environments with indoor air quality management and use of zero-VOC paints and a required sustainable building operations training for employees.
Franchisees can achieve two different levels within the program, DD Green, where stores meet minimum sustainable requirements, and DD Green Elite, where stores reach beyond requirements, and achieve additional suggested sustainable goals.
UL Environment reviewed the DD Green achievement program structure. “We have confirmed that the strategies required for achievement will, if implemented as described, enable participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants to achieve reductions in energy and water usage, and reduce waste and material sent to landfills,” says Catherine Sheehy, program manager for UL Environment.
Construction of green buildings rose to 325 million square meters of new floor space in 2013, representing a $260 billion market, according to an October report by Lux Research.