Bentham House redevelopment awarded high sustainability rating for environmental innovation
29 January 2019
The redevelopment of Bentham House, the historic home of UCL Laws, has achieved an ‘Excellent’ certification under BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method).
The renovation of Bentham House has been awarded a high rating under the construction industry’s leading environmental assessment scheme. This represents best practice in areas including energy efficiency; health and wellbeing; water; and waste management.
At Bentham House, high levels of insulation, together with efficient heating, lighting, ventilation and controls mean that energy performance is around one third better than regulatory requirements. Photovoltaic panels were also installed to reduce carbon output.
As part of Bentham House’s commitment to increasing accessibility, all the lecture theatres have a space for wheelchair users, and staff offices are DDA /Disability Standard compliant.
UCL Laws has used the design and development of its new £24m home to reflect on and review its environmental impact and sustainability activities. Following the 3 year renovation, Bentham House reopened its doors in March 2018. The redevelopment of Bentham House has been delivered by UCL Estates as part of Transforming UCL, the largest capital programme in the university’s history.