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UCL is committed to the sustainable development of our estate. Our Sustainable Design Specification commits our building and refurbishment projects to meeting strict environmental standards. This may be through BREEAM for our larger projects or Ska for refurbishments. The projects use the methodology most appropriate to the work being carried out and the Sustainability Team plays an active role in supporting these to achieve the best performance. 

UCL Sustainable Building Standard

  • This document details UCL’s vision and strategy for the delivery of a sustainable estate. 
  • It includes minimum sustainability requirements relevant to all types of construction projects from major new build to minor works.
  • Download as pdf.

Sustainable Project Planner

  • Quick reference guide outlining sustainability interventions required by project stage (starting at RIBA Stage 1)
  • Download as pdf.


UCL Cost and Carbon Tool

  • In support of our carbon management and reporting obligations, this tool enables users to calculate cost and carbon implications of different design options from early project stages.
  • Performance is calculated over a 25 year period and includes payback periods for small building changes, major refurbishments or new build projects.


Sustainability Code of Practice for Contractors

  • This document details the expectations of contractors working on the UCL site or on behalf of UCL with regard to the environment and local communities. 
  • Download as pdf


Mini Ska Tool

  • This is a cut down version of the RICS Ska methodology which has been adapted for UCL use on small projects. 
  • Download as Excel file


Case studies

Tavistock Square Sustainable Refurbishment

Tavistock Square Sustainable Refurbishment

This refurbishment project used the Ska Rating system to transform the space into offices with sector-leading environmental performance, all while respecting the heritage of the building.

Want to suggest an addition or update to this page? Contact the Sustainability Team.