The processes needed to achieve sustainable design, material selection and construction are no different to those required to achieve any other aspect of good design. They rely on an understanding of the issues, an ability to respond to site and client specifics and a wider understanding of the cultural, regulatory and technical context.
Sustainable construction as a process has a set of simple goals: minimise waste on and off site; reuse materials and make use of reused or recycled materials; avoid the use of complex components that are difficult to recycle at the end of life; and choose construction systems that can actually be delivered by local operatives either through existing or by introducing new skill sets.
Design is a holistic process that seeks to create the best solution across a broad range of requirements, which includes social and economic sustainability as well as environmental responsibility. A good designer will always look first at exploiting the opportunities of the site and the client's brief to produce a building which, as far as possible, works passively to minimise energy and resource use. The next step is to design in technologies that minimise resource demand, that are appropriate to the site, the building occupants’ needs and their capacity to manage and operate them. Designing to allow future flexibility, changes of use, easy maintenance and eventual disassembly and reuse will lengthen the useful life of a building and minimise its impact at the end of its life.
EAUC-Scotland's Sustainable Construction Topic Support Network (TSN) is open to all, providing an opportunity for those working in or with the further and higher education sector to share ideas and questions and to get together to hear from particular speakers or discuss topics of interest. Find out more about the TSNs here.
Harvard’s Green Campus Initiative developed the Green Building Resource which includes green building guidelines, implementation tools, LEED submittals, case studies, and...
Guidance on EPCs for rented dwellings has now been published and is available on the CLG website
EAUC Member responses about sharing experience of installing a green wall on campus.
A leaflet from the Green Task Force at the University of Essex, this document highlights some of the University's activities and achievements in sustainability
The Carbon Management Plan commits the College to a target of reducing CO2 by 25% by 2015 & underpins potential financial savings to the institution of £58553 per year by...
In this resource you can view and download the Environmental Aspects Register from Queen's University Belfast.
An occasional paper written for the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges in 2004 by Gareth Simkins and Andy Nolan.
The purpose of this paper is to test the validity of the curriculum auditing tool Sustainability Tool for Auditing University Curricula in Higher Education (STAUNCH).
This expert review was commissioned as part of Phase II of the Global Monitoring and Evaluation effort for The United Nations Decade in Education for Sustainable Development...
This resource consists of an ESD briefing document for Building Design & Construction by the University of Sunderland.
A big refurbishment programme carried out by Bradford University in 2007 saw students re-housed in newly furnished accommodation whilst managing to keep waste to a minimum
An Environmental Excellence checklist to measure your performance and help you build an effective EMS, from Stony Brook State University, New York.
Here are template documents from King’s College London, to support to 2012 Conference workshop, “The road to excellent operations is paved with internal...
Here are template documents from Institute of Cancer Research, to support to 2012 Conference workshop, The road to excellent operations is paved with internal environmental audits.
Energy Performance Certificates in Scotland - A Guidance Note on Obligations for Universities & Colleges
Daniel Curtis, Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford, asked EAUC Educational Members' Network for their assistance about the status of energy information...
A link to the Elmwood Campus page on the SRUC website, this is a great example of the working EMS in the sector.
This is a video of a presentation from the Day 2 Keynote Address at the 2011 Annual Conference from Martin Hulme, Managing Director, Co-operative Estates.
A presentation from the EAUC annual conference 2011 on sustainable master planning.
A presentation which helps you to continue the learning and inspiration from the EAUC Annual Conference 2011 held at the University of York between the 11th - 13th April 2011.
A presentation from the EAUC annual conference 2011 on post-occupancy evaluations
In this EAUC Member Spotlight, see how the University of Winchester deal with carbon management, energy management, waste and catering in the most sustainable way.
In this EAUC Member Spotlight, see how the University of Sussex gained initiation and full support to their environmental policy.
In this EAUC Member Spotlight, see how South Lanarkshire College adopted a philosophy to do things differently with a strong focus on sustainable practices.
In this EAUC Member Spotlight, see how Sheffield College is one of the city's greenest major developments to date.
In this EAUC Member Spotlight, see how Queen Margaret University's innovative new campus showcases the benefits of sustainable development in Higher Education.
In this EAUC Member Spotlight, see how Wyggeston and Queen Elizabeth I College is implementing sustainability into their buildings through student engagement.
In this EAUC Member Spotlight, see how University of Bristol has had success in reducing its environmental impact over the last ten years.
In this EAUC Member Spotlight, see how University of Bradford's Ecoversity current and past achievements as well as future goals.
In this EAUC Member Spotlight, see how University of Southampton embed strategic direction, commitment, estate and change management into sustainability.
In this EAUC Member Spotlight, learn about University of Leicester's growing environmental team and how they are making an impact across the University and city.
A practical insight into the implementation of internal environmental audits, showing their huge potential to improve operations and form a strong Environmental Management System.
A presentation from the EAUC Annual Conference 2012 which helps you to continue the learning and inspiration. Held at the University of York between 27-29 March 2012...
A video of keynote from the 2012 EAUC Conference from Simon Wright, Director of Infrastructure and Utilities at the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA)
An introduction to how buildings are used to interact with communities, staff and students with a case study from a University and College.
A presentation from the EAUC Annual Conference 2012 which shares the University of Sheffield and Royal Northern College of Music’s bids to champion greener living
A video and presentation from Richard Jackson, Head of Environmental Sustainability, University College London about what the sector might learn from the Olympics.
A presentation from the EAUC Annual Conference 2012 about some of the projects being funded by HEFCE under the Revolving Green Funds and some good advice on how to plan for...
In this EAUC Member Spotlight, see how Kingston University has accelerated sustainability work across the urban campus.
In this EAUC Member Spotlight, see Keele University's commitment ‘to develop an environmentally aware and sustainable outward-facing campus community’.
In this EAUC Member Spotlight see how Lancaster University identified the need and constructed new build residences on campus that met four sustainability objectives.
In this EAUC Member Spotlight, see how Cambridge Regional College are leading the way in environmental sustainability achieving a top environmental accreditation.
In this EAUC Member Spotlight, see how City College Plymouth has made a difference to its approach to Sustainability over the last 10 years.
In this EAUC Member Spotlight, see how Coleg Gwent has made a pledge to embed sustainable development as a core principle of the college.
This is a letter by the Department of Communities and Local Government on the implementation of Display Energy Certificates.
An EAUC guide on the primary areas of impact and influence in relation to the contributing factors and intervention measures regarding climate change.
Intute Environment provides free access to high quality resources on the Internet. Each resource has been evaluated and categorised by subject specialists based at UK universities.
A presentation and links to reports from CIMA identifying their work on role of accountants in embedding sustainability.
City College Plymouth took a bold new step in erecting two wind turbines on the roof of their innovation centre.
The CEEQUAL Scheme Manual for Projects is directed at the assessment of civil engineering projects with a clearly defined project boundary and timescale.
A short study about selected Korean Universities who are using solar energy experimentally for only a few buildings.
A HEEPI Report on the European Union Emission Trading Scheme, EU Environmental Performance of Buildings Directive and the proposed Carbon Reduction Commitment.
The EAUC has published this abridged version of our forthcoming Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) Insight Guide to inform institutions about the CRC.
This design guide outlines how the University of Bristol aim to build more energy efficient buildings.
A report which examines the extent to which departments and executive agencies are meeting targets to make their new buildings and major refurbishments more sustainable.
This document sets out the University of Bristol's requirements in incorporating sustainable construction principles into the design of all its Capital Projects.
This report summarises the current status of construction resource efficiency, and proposes 10 key actions to reduce waste production and divert waste from landfill.
The Strategy for Sustainable Construction (June 2008) which is intended to promote leadership and behavioural change in sustainable construction.
The Cabinet Office Behavioural Insights Team’s first Annual Report (2011).
The Oxford Brooks environmental report 2005 which covers the entire university and draws together examples of good environmental practice/behaviour.
A chapter from the The Presidential Perspectives Series on how campuses can leverage sustainability for institutional gain in a competitive marketplace.
Schneider Electric published research on the value of BREEAM green certification to clients, consultants and contractors.
A case study from the University of Warwick on the investment of new halls of residence and the integration of sustainability within them.
A case study from Southampton University on meeting the sustainable needs in a new build.
This case study from the University of Leeds illustrates how to engage staff and students into strategic plans to reduce carbon.
The Green Consultancy successfully tendered to the University of Oxford for a programme to create a new Five Year Carbon Management Plan
Lauder College has built a unique construction workshop (ECOspace) and training centre for educating students in environmental best practice for the construction industry.
The University of Glasgow and the Carbon Trust worked together on a Carbon Management Programme which identified opportunities to reduce energy consumption and make the...
A University of Bradford led project stimulating strategic change & operational improvements by working with estates & other departments with energy/environmental...
Keble College is one of the largest of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford with 410 undergraduate and 235 graduate students. It was the wish of the founders in...
A case study about Queen Margaret University’s Corstorphine Campus which was relocated and how it embraced the challenge to deliver the most sustainable campus in the UK.
The modern, eco-friendly library represents a significant investment in the future of their students. The building, in the centre of the campus, is designed to be conductive...
Survey results from Heriot-Watt University's Energy Performance and Estates Condition Survey.
The University of St Andrews implemented a compulsory in-house recycling scheme for staff and students. Working closely with the local authority they undertook a rationalisation...
A case study of Elmwood College which used the golf course and farm as living/working educational resources to increase environmental awareness.
A short talk on the environmental values of urban green walls focusing on the animal biodiversity, air quality, building insulation (thermal, noise and light) and human well-being.
Purpose-built to house the School of Computing, a simple, low energy design, which saves energy, reduces environmental impacts and enhances productivity
EAUC Member responses with Members’ experience on measurable mandatory tender criteria for building contractors regarding travel to and from university site with respect...
Benchmarks for target setting, a short guide developed by the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP), provides information on selecting suitable metrics and KPIs; project...
A case study by WRAP which focuses on the recycled content in construction of the Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Science of the University of Strathclyde.
CEREc is a unique, teaching, research and demonstration resource for the built environment hosting a number of renewable and intelligent energy solutions.
A briefing document prepared by ECUS Environmental Consultants (October 2011) which discusses the proposed revisions to ISO14001: 2004 Environmental Management Standard.
A research report to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs by the Stockholm Environment Institute and the University of Sydney.
This link takes you to the SPP website where you can find the SMART SPP tool and further information.
Achieving Excellence in Construction Procurement Guide in 'Whole-life Costing and Cost Management', published by the Office of Government Commerce in 2007. Link to the...
The UK Government's Sustainable Procurement Action Plan produced by DEFRA in 2007. Incorporating the Government response to the report of the Sustainable Task Force. Part...
This links to asection of the BREEAM website includes case studies on buildings certified to the BREEAM standard.
This section of BRE Group’s website includes a comprehensive list of the sustainability services they offer, such as BREEAM, GreenPrint and SMARTWaste.
GreenBookLive is a unique reference source and online listing of environmental products and services, including a list of BREEAM certified buildings and licensed BREEAM Assessors
BRE Global’s website for BREEAM, a design and assessment method for sustainable buildings.
The Green Deal, of The Energy Act 2011, is a financial mechanism that eliminates paying upfront for energy efficiency improvements to homes, community spaces and businesses.
EAUC Member responses about the sort of evidence that could be requested in pre-tender documentation to establish the sustainability credentials of contractors.
This UCU energy inspection checklist is compiled from a combination of Carbon Trust and Prospect checklists and is designed to assess the energy use in your building via an...
A guide from AUDE to assist in making the replace or refurbish decision.
Examples of carbon reduction strategies, plans and initiatives from a number of universities.
This document aims to help public bodies access potential sources of energy efficiency and renewable energy finance and to assess the costs, risks and benefits of doing this.
Salix has worked with 725 clients across the public sector, including local authorities, central government, schools, universities and colleges and NHS trusts.
GreenBuild was a LGM project, mainly financed by the four UK funding bodies including HEFCE, and AUDE, with additional support from the Carbon Trust with two workstreams
CEBenchbuild is an Excel tool that allows HEIs and FECs to benchmark the energy performance of buildings on their estate and compare it to national yardsticks.
This document from HEFCE offers guidance for institutions on producing individual carbon reduction strategies, targets and associated carbon management plans.