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Estates & Facilities


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.

How does BREEAM work?

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:

  • Management: overall policy, commissioning, site management and procedures
  • Energy use: operation energy and carbon dioxide issues
  • Health and well-being: indoor and external issues affecting health and well-being
  • Pollution: air and water pollution issues
  • Transport: transport-related carbon emissions and location-related factors
  • Land use: greenfield and brownfield sites
  • Ecology: ecological value conservation and enhancement of the site
  • Materials: environmental implication of building materials, including life-cycle impacts
  • Water: consumption and water efficiency

Developers and designers are encouraged to consider these issues at the earliest opportunity to ensure sustainability is embedded into the design of the building.

Some examples in practice

New Adelphi Case Study