LEED Certifying Our Restaurants
All of our restaurants across Farmers Restaurant Group – Founding Farmers, Farmers Fishers Bakers, and Farmers & Distillers – are LEED certified, or we are in the process of pursuing LEED certification. This means that we have been counseled by the U.S. Green Building Council on the greenest and most earth-friendly ways to create and construct our restaurants.
LEED certification – which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design – is a complicated, labor intensive, and costly process that begins prior to construction and is usually not complete for a full year after construction. While it is becoming more common in the hospitality industry, Founding Farmers was the first full service, upscale casual restaurant to pursue LEED certification, and Farmers Restaurant Group is currently the only company in its class to seek certifications for all of its restaurants.
The LEED score cards for many of our restaurants can be reviewed online, revealing the detailed steps we have taken to earn each level of certification: LEED Gold for Founding Farmers DC, LEED Silver for Farmers Fishers Bakers (and MoCo’s Founding Farmers) and Standard LEED certification for Founding Farmers Tysons. LEED Gold is currently pending for Farmers & Distillers, and we are in the process of pursuing certifications for Founding Farmers King of Prussia and Founding Farmers Reston Station.