The Estate Development Service is committed to the sustainable development of the University estate.


Estate Services incorporates the Sustainability team who have responsibility for the improvement of the University’s environmental performance through the development and delivery of sustainability strategies and change management.

The team enables the University to be responsible, sustainable and ethical, meeting the needs of the present and leaving a better environment for future generations.

Sustainability principles will drive efficient and responsible management of campuses and operations, delivering measurable improvements in environmental performance.

University of Exeter, Strategic Plan

Sustainable development

Estate Services is committed to the sustainable development of the University’s estate and properties. We have established a policy to achieve BREEAM ‘Excellent’ certification rating for all new builds and ‘Very Good’ rating for all refurbishments of existing building stock.

BREEAM is an environmental assessment method and rating system for buildings. It sets the standard for best practice in sustainable building design, construction and operation and has become one of the most comprehensive and widely recognised measures of a building's environmental performance.

A BREEAM assessment uses recognised measures of performance, which are set against established benchmarks, to evaluate a building’s specification, design, construction and use. The measures used represent a broad range of categories and criteria from energy to ecology. They include aspects related to energy and water use, the internal environment (health and wellbeing), pollution, transport, materials, waste, ecology and management processes.

Green Impact Award

Estate Services achieved their first Green Impact "Excellence" award at "Outstanding" level in 2014 with their "How Green is Our Campus" project. Working towards the award involved the Estate Services team in analysing and sharing results of sustainability measures put in place during recent developments.

“Our project aimed to engage with stakeholders to highlight how Estate Services ensure that any new development is compatible with the wider Master Plan objectives.  It consolidated information on achievements to date and aimed to demonstrate that expansion of the Estate has a positive effect upon biodiversity on the campus because of the steps taken during redevelopment.  Moreover, we want to communicate these results more widely to inform campus visitors, students and staff about the natural environment to be found on Streatham Campus.

 More information, and a link to our project, can be found on the Green Impact Excellence section of the Sustainability webpages