Interactive Display Showcases Applebee's Green Initiatives

| March 22, 2013

Apple-Metro, Inc., the New York Metropolitan Area franchisee for Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar®, has opened a new Applebee’s restaurant in Harlem at East River Plaza on 117th Street and is using QA Graphics’ Energy Efficiency Education Dashboard to educate on the green features in place.  
 
About 5 years ago Apple-Metro began implementing more sustainable features into their restaurant designs and found that they were on the right track for LEED restaurants if they took their designs to the next level.  This new restaurant is anticipating Gold certification under the U.S. Green Building Council’s® LEED®.  Apple-Metro looked to QA Graphics not only because the display helps earn a LEED credit but also for a creative way to share these achievements.
 
The Energy Efficiency Education Dashboard is an interactive application displayed on a 55-inch touchscreen near the entrance that shows why this restaurant is green.   Viewers can take a 3D tour and see a photorealistic building render of the exterior and interior of the restaurant.  On the tour, hot spots are identified, providing information on the more than 40 green features in place.  Interactive demonstrations show how the some of the sustainable features work and a checklist explains how LEED guidelines were followed.  Users can test their green knowledge with a quiz, and the display also shows current weather conditions and a map of local transportation and area attractions.
 
Apple-Metro is continuing their sustainable efforts and has another green restaurant in the works in Brooklyn.  In addition to this project, QA Graphics’ Energy Efficiency Education Dashboard solution is used by organizations of all types across North America. Learn more at www.qagraphics.com/eeed.

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