Sustainable Built 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 working with our construction partners to help reduce single-use plastics on building sites, including producing a a single-use plastics scorecard for construction sites with Mace;
UCL's PEARL is the first building that can claim to be net zero carbon in it's operation.
> Learn about our impact on construction from our Annual Sustainability Report.
*On average, one tree can consume approximately 60kg of CO2 from the atmosphere.
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.