Plans and policies

The University’s Environment and Energy Policy commits to “Ensure Environmental and Energy best practice is properly considered and appropriately applied within all new build and refurbishment projects.”

The overall aim is for all developments to achieve the following standards:

New Buildings (> £1m)

  • BREEAM rating Excellent or equivalent and,
  • Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) Asset Rating of A and,
  • Display Energy Certificate (DEC) Operational Rating of C or above in the first year following completion

Refurbishments (>£1m)

  • SKA HE Gold rating or equivalent or,
  • BREEM refurbishment rating Excellent

Keele University uses BREEAM as the primary standard to achieve its sustainability aims in new builds and major refurbishments. BREEAM credits provide a universal measurement of the efficiency and environmental impacts of a development. Comprising of two key parts; a design stage assessment and post construction assessment, developments must demonstrate standards against the following themes:

  • energy and carbon emissions
  • energy management
  • materials and waste
  • commissioning and handover
  • customer awareness
  • water consumption and management
  • pollution
  • travel
  • health
  • ecology