Publication Date

Summer 2017

Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Dr. Shahnaz Aly (Director), Dr. Daniel Jackson, Dr. Fatemeh Orooji

Degree Program

Department of Architectural and Manufacturing Sciences

Degree Type

Master of Science


The number of buildings seeking LEED certification has been growing steadily over the past few years. In this study, three academic buildings which were designed and built to LEED certification standards were targeted in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Their electricity consumption and cost effectiveness were examined and compared with predesigned LEED efficiency models of those three buildings. This research directly examined cost effectiveness of LEED buildings in terms of electricity usage. Three case studies were completed to find the initial and on-going electricity costs of LEED buildings and to verify the LEED standard results. LEED aspects of these buildings were discussed with contractors, architects, project managers, and building maintenance personnel who participated in LEED projects and non-LEED sustainable projects.


Architectural Engineering | Architectural Technology | Environmental Design | Sustainability