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Catherine Windrow works for North London Waste Authority and took part in Green Space at the North Observatory earlier this term. Here she shares some easy tips to reduce waste, improve your environmental impact and save money. More...
Published: Dec 15, 2014 11:09:00 AM
On Tuesday 9th December, 12-2pm, we'll be raising awareness about the Christmas Switch Off by giving away free mulled apple juice powered by the UCL's brilliant UCell hydrogen fuel cell in the Main Quad. More...
Published: Dec 8, 2014 11:22:00 AM
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Published: Nov 25, 2014 10:35:00 AM
UCL and its partners Office and General and Bywaters have received a Highly Commended accolade at the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) awards. More...
Published: Nov 12, 2014 10:43:00 AM
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.
Ongoing construction projects at UCL
|Methodology used||Number of ongoing projects||Case study|
|Ska||30||Refurbishment of 31 Tavistock Square|
This list was last updated on 28/08/14 and is updated on a monthly basis.
The UCL Carbon Appraisal Methodology was developed to capture the lifecycle cost and carbon impacts of our building projects and equipment choices.
This allows different options to be evaluated against each other to determine which, over time, will cost the most and use the most energy (result in the greatest carbon emissions). For example, if you are buying a new fridge for your department, it can be used to help you choose between the different product options. Often you can find that the cheapest option might cost you more in the long term as it wastes energy or needs to be replaced more frequently. The same principle is used for building works but can be on a larger scale, involving lots of different components. UCL have also developed a spreadsheet which helps you put the Carbon Appraisal Methodology into practice. All you need is a) how much energy your options use, b) how much they cost, and c) (if you really want to get into the detail) when each option would need replacing.
The RICS Ska methodology has been adopted by UCL for use on refurbishment projects. For some projects however, we are simply not changing enough individual items to make this possible. We might just be changing the lighting for example. For these smaller projects, UCL have adopted the principles of the Ska Good Practice Measures into a simple to follow spreadsheet of requirements. This ensures that we are ensuring best practice is followed on projects even where a formal methodology like Ska or BREEAM is not possible. Users are expected to meet the criteria of all items which are included in their project.
Sustainable Design Specification
This document details UCL’s strategy for the delivery of sustainable estate.
Project Sustainability Assessment Procedure
This document outlines the process by which sustainability assessments for construction and refurbishment projects will be carried out at UCL.
Carbon Appraisal Methodology
This document uses the BISRIA whole life costing methodology and a carbon calculation to determine the best solutions for UCL, both financially and in terms of carbon.
Carbon Appraisal Tool
This tool supports teams in the application of the UCL Carbon Appraisal Methodology. This enables users to calculate the carbon implications of decisions using a few simple figures.
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.
Mini Ska Tool
This is a cut down version of the RICS Ska methodology which has been adapted for UCL use on small projects.