Sustainable Construction

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With the University estate continueously being developed, its critical to make sure that sustainability is threaded throughout the construction process. The Sustainability Team do this through various methods described below.

For refurbishment projects the University has adopted SKA HE (Higher Education). SKA HE Rating is a Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) environmental assessment method, benchmark and standard for the higher education sector. It has been designed to meet the requirements of higher education interior fit-outs and refurbishments to meet clear sustainable good practice.

The SKA HE scheme consists of more than a hundred 'good practice' measures covering energy and CO2 emissions, waste, water, materials, pollution, wellbeing, biodiversity, project delivery and transport. Aston University has a target to achieve a GOLD level SKA Rating for all refurbishment projects over £1 million.

The Capital Development Team have a Building Refurbishment Specification that uses the SKA HE methodology for projects under £1 million.

All building between 2010-2015 have obtained a BREEAM Excellent Rating. In 2017 the University decided that BREEAM was not the best option for Aston due to its high costs and poor energy performance when a building became occupied.

The Sustainable Construction Specification was written for all new buildings that embedded areas of BREEAM, SKA HE and existing University Specifications. Using this document with the design and build process means Aston will gain more sustainable and energy efficient buildings within budget.

Aston University is a client partner of the Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS). This scheme looks at a number of criteria including site safety, community engagement and the environmental impact of a construction site. If a construction project will take more than 6 weeks to complete, then the construction company must either be a CCS partner or register the scheme to be audited by the CCS.