Vermont’s 1st LEED Certified Restaurant Uses Freeaire® System

Moe’s Southwest Grill in Williston, Vermont recently became the first restaurant in the state, as well as the first Moe’s franchise location, to qualify for a prestigious LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver certification from the US Green Buildings Council.

The LEED certification process involves taking a comprehensive approach to energy efficiency and green building design throughout all systems in a building. This includes heating/cooling, lighting, water and ventilation.

Moe's in Williston, VT

Moe’s in Williston, VT

In the Williston Moe’s, a Freeaire® system consisting of a Cooler Controller combined with a Polar Package actively manages the restaurant’s walk-in cooler for maximum energy efficiency year-round. When conditions allow – 115+ days per year in northern Vermont – the system uses filtered outside air for cooling. This simultaneously saves energy and reduces wear and tear on the refrigeration equipment.

Total estimated energy savings for all systems installed in the restaurant exceeds 20% compared to a similar ‘conventional’, non-LEED-certified building.

We are proud to be a part of this project and wish the Moe’s team in Williston every success going forward!

Read more about this project:

Writeup in Fast Casual magazine

Moe’s Southwest Grill newsroom