Sustainable construction and refurbishment


It is important that we consider the environmental sustainability of the construction and refurbishment activities on campus and ensure that we minimise carbon dioxide emissions and resource use over the lifetime of the developments.

We use the BRE Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) as a tool for delivering sustainable buildings. BREEAM is an environmental assessment method and rating system for buildings, which 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.

The University 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.