Brody Learning Commons recognized for green construction, operations

Building receives gold certification from U.S. Green Building Council

Brody Learning Commons

Image caption: The Keyser Quadrangle entrance to the Brody Learning Commons leads visitors directly into the 75-seat Daily Grind cafe, which is equipped with ample plugs for laptops and electronics.

Credit: Will Kirk / Johns Hopkins University

The Brody Learning Commons at Johns Hopkins University has been recognized for its green construction and operations with a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, making it the first new construction on the Homewood campus to earn the distinction.

The BLC received its LEED Gold certification based on a number of features, including:

  • Increasing the use of natural day lighting to reduce energy consumption
  • Using energy-efficient lighting and in teaching and study rooms light on sensors
  • Establishing sustainable cleaning and landscape programs
  • Installing energy-efficient HVAC systems with CO2 monitoring
  • Conducting waste stream audits to benchmark recycling programs and identify opportunities to maximize material conservation
  • Reusing marble from Gilman and Shriver halls for the stairs and south entrance

LEED is an internationally recognized green building program that provides a framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations, and maintenance procedures. Participation in the LEED certification process is voluntary.