The University recognises the value of designing and constructing sustainable buildings and is committed to managing construction, refurbishment and post completion occupancy of its buildings in order to reduce environmental impact, enhance the wellbeing of staff and student users of the building and minimise operating costs. In delivering this commitment, all projects will be assessed under the Building Research Establishments BREEAM methodology. A target for all new buildings and major refurbishments to achieve an “Excellent” BREEAM rating with a minimum of “Very Good” only where there are justifiable reasons why excellent cannot be achieved.
View our Sustainable Construction Policy.
BREEAM (Building Research Eestablishment Environmental Assessment Method) is the leading and most widely used environmental assessment method for buildings. It sets the standard for best practice in sustainable design and has become the de facto measure used to describe a building's environmental performance.
BREEAM assesses the performance of buildings in the following areas:
Developers and designers are encouraged to consider these issues at the earliest opportunity to ensure sustainability is embedded into the design of the building.