Sustainable Build Environment
Building and construction commitments
In 2018/19 UCL's carbon emissions from heating, cooling, powering and lighting our buildings were 55,000 tonnes. We would have to plant 1 million trees to absorb that amount of carbon.
What is UCL doing?
- UCL has a Sustainable Building Standard that details the minimum standards and targets for the delivery of a sustainable built environment – it applies to all our construction projects
- Our new build projects and major refurbishments must achieve a minimum of BREEAM Excellent
- UCL is also supporting transformation of the built environment on smaller projects using our in-house Mini Ska tool
- UCL is investing in sustainable construction and refurbishment including upgrading heating systems, insulating buildings and installing double glazing;
- UCL is installing renewable energy technologies to help power our buildings.
- We’re working with our construction partners to help reduce single-use plastics on building sites. With construction partners Mace, we have created a single-use plastics scorecard for construction sites and will set plastic reduction targets within new contracts including takeback schemes with suppliers;
PEARL is the first UCL that can claim to be net zero carbon in operation
> Learn about our impact on construction from our annual report
Sustainable buildings at UCL
Building and construction initiatives
Sustainable building tools
Cost and Carbon Tool - Calculate cost and carbon implications of different design options from early project stages.
Mini SKA Tool - simplified tool developed by the Environmental Sustainability team for use on small projects.
Carbon accountability scheme
The scheme brings together elements of carbon pricing and behavioural support to reduce carbon emissions from buildings and operations.