Teaching Dairy Barn

LEED Certified 

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.

Total Score: 48 out of 110 possible points.

LEED Scorecard Teaching Dairy Barn (pdf)


How is Green Measured?

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

Project Highlights

The building was designed around bovine comfort.

Cows stand in sand which is used as animal bedding which increases cow comfort and provides a more sanitary environment.
Cornell’s College of Veterinary Medicine Teaching Dairy Barn – home to 200 cows – has installed a state-of-the-art system that separates manure from sand bedding material, providing clean bedding for the cows and creating muck perfect for making electricity and heat.

 


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