Teaching Dairy Barn

Achieved LEED Certified, achieving 48 out of 110 possible points...

Teaching Dairy Barn (Matthew Kozlowski)
Teaching Dairy Barn (Matthew Kozlowski)

The Teaching Dairy Barn facility has brought sustainable design and operations to the world of dairy farming. The building orientation promotes natural ventilation which keeps the primary occupants (cows) happy and healthy in their preferred thermal conditions. The area surrounding the building support constructed wetlands to control stormwater collection and filtration.


Energy use in dairy facilities is often driven by lighting load demands. By focusing on selecting and installing efficient lighting as well as high efficiency milking equipment energy use at the facility has seen a modeled 35% energy reduction. Read the final USGBC review report (pdf).

How is "Green” measured?

Under the LEED Green Building Design and Construction standard, a credit system with a maximum of 110 points is used to measure environmental performance.

The USGBC (U.S. Green Building Council) awards points in 5 main categories:

  • Sustainable Sites
  • Water Efficiency
  • Energy/Atmosphere
  • Materials / Resources
  • Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ)

A project can earn additional points for innovative approaches and by having a LEED accredited professional part of the project Team.

What are the Possible Ratings?

  • Certified: 40 - 49 points
  • Silver: 50 - 59 points
  • Gold: 60 - 79 points
  • Platinum: 80 + points

How Does the Teaching Dairy Barn Stack Up?

CategoryPossible Pts  Earned Pts
110 48
Sustainable Sites 26 13
Water Efficiency 10 8
Energy / Atmosphere 35 13
Materials / Resources 14 2
Indoor Environmental Quality 15 7
Innovation & Design 6 4
Regional Priority 4 1

Project Highlights

  • The building was designed around bovine comfort.
  • Sand is used as animal bedding which increases cow comfort and provides a more sanitary environment.

LEED®, and its related logo, is a trademark owned by the U.S. Green Building Council® and is used with permission.

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