Construction and Refurbishment

Construction & Refurbishment – Sustainability Strategy and Targets

We recognise that construction and refurbishment of buildings provides the ideal opportunity to make design decisions which enhance the energy performance and sustainability credentials of a property.

As such, we have set a SMART target for the construction and refurbishment of buildings as part of our strategy for implementing the Environmental and Energy objectives in our policy, using the BREEAM standard as the specific measurable.

BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Assessment Method) is a building assessment which uses scientifically-based sustainability metrics and indices covering a range of environmental categories. Its categories evaluate energy and water use, health and wellbeing, pollution, transport, materials, waste, ecology, and management processes. Buildings are rated and certified on a scale of ‘Pass’, ‘Good’, ‘Very Good, ‘Excellent’ and ‘Outstanding’.

Our SMART target is for all newly constructed and refurbished buildings attain at least a ‘very good’ BREEAM rating. In terms of timeframes, this requirement was introduced as a formal target/requirement in 2014, and the BREEAM rating is required to be attained by the time of building/project completion for each new build or refurbishment project.  We are currently discussing plans to increase this target to ‘Excellent’ from 2023.

Progress against this target is tracked.  We currently have limited large-scale projects in progress, with the following project targeted to achieve a Very Good rating in 2022/23:

  • School of School of Art refurbishment and extension

In June 2022, this project was at Stage 4 design and is currently on target to achieve the Very Good BREEAM rating.

A list of our previously assessed buildings is provided below, along with the rating attained and a link to the corresponding BREEAM certificate.

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