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about CUA LEED Lab


CUA LEEDlab V4 - 2015-2018

the next frontier

ARPL 538 LEED Lab is a pilot interdisciplinary laboratory course launched at The Catholic University of America in collaboration with the U.S. Green Building Council Center for Green Schools.

Together with the campus facilities department and assisted by specialists-consultants, students are committing themselves to creation and improvement of sustainable campus operations and maintenance.



Summer and Spring classes are focused on LEED O+M certification process for the existing LEED certified building -                                                   situated  on The Catholic  University of America premises.

CUA LEEDlab   students accomplished several                         Credits for CUA Campus applying aggregate strategies. The accumulated data and policies created by students will be useful tool for future certification of individual existing buildings on the Campus.


The Opus Hall Dormitory 

Master Site 

By implementing sustainable policies and measures with our administration, the CUA is achieving a performance-driven sustainable campus through actual third party LEED certification, starting with the                                                                              .                                                                

Crough Center for Architectural Studies


The course is a laboratory for students to experiment with various quantifiable synergies and policy revisions in order to reach the most optimal sustainable goals towards certifying existing campus facilities through direct collaboration between students, faculty and a third party green organization. LEED Lab implements the LEED Existing Buildings Operations and Maintenance (EB:O+M) rating system within existing campus buildings seeking LEED certification for the first time and LEED Certified buildings seeking recertification.

                                              assess the performance of existing buildings on campus by learning how to meter and track various building systems such as electricity, energy, water, and transportation.



Students in the course 

620 Michigan Avenue

Washington, DC 20064

Tel:  202 319-5188


Innovation in Operations idea being presented by politics student Erin Sandlin to Chemistry faculty, grounds personnel and administration at the LEEDlab Charrette for Master Sites.


Eco-Charrette Video



LEED®—an acronym for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design™—is a registered trademark of the U.S. Green Building Council®. The U.S. Green Building Council's LEED® green building program is the preeminent program for the design, construction, maintenance and operations of high-performance green buildings. Learn more at 

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