Campus sustainability map
You can take a tour of the campus sustainability features on our interactive sustainability map.
Goal 1: For refurbishment projects
- Design and deliver refurbishment projects to target SKA Gold standard for suitable projects.
- Upgrade existing buildings to higher levels of energy efficiency and reduced carbon emissions.
This includes small and large capital works and large extension projects.
- Design buildings to deliver low carbon in use buildings.
- Aim to deliver energy for space heating must not exceed 15 kWh/m2/year.
Our performance on recent construction and major refurbishment projects is provided on the timeline below.
- Solar PV.
- Air Sourced Heat Pumps.
- Fabric first sustainability strategy with highly insulated wall build up and airtightness.
- Reuse and incorporation of existing Babbage concrete frame into new building results in a saving of between 1500–1700 tCO₂e when compared to demolishing Babbage and building new.
- SCORS A+ rating, exceeding LETI and RIBA 2030 targets.
- Low water use fittings.
- Solar PV
- Mechanical heat recovery
- Air source heat pumps
- Future proofing BMS people counting sensors
- Thermally efficient façade
- Reuse of concrete frame retaining embodied carbon
- Targeted SKA Gold Rating
- Low water use fittings
- Introducing rimless toilets which require less water for cleaning and a maximum flush of 4.5L compared to the standard 6L
- Aerated taps reduce water quantity used
- Kitchens have been constructed in Britain and wooden items are of FSC or PEFC origin
- Insulating the roof space
The Sustainability Hub (Kirkby Lodge)
- 80 square meters of green wall home to over 90 plants per square meter
- FSC certified sustainable timber cladding
- Home to our Net-Zero Vision for Plymouth mural
- 4 kilowatt of photovoltaics
- Reception digital energy display
- Responsible sourcing for materials with a primary focus on reuse
- Low flush WCs
- Maximises natural light with energy efficient LED lighting and sensors
- Naturally ventilated and passive design
Derriford Research Facility
- Designed to BREEAM Excellent Standard
- Solar PV
- LED lighting throughout
- Adjacent to Derriford Hospital
- The BREEAM Excellent standard building includes photovoltaics, generating electricity from the sun.
- Combined Heat and Power (CHP) boiler, providing electricity and hot water for the heating and showering facilities, delivering savings in utility costs for the building.
- CHP generates electricity whilst capturing usable heat that is produced during the process, usually a by-product in conventional boilers that is wasted.
Discover more about the Marine Station.
- The occupied spaces make use of natural daylight.
- The electric lighting is controlled by proximity and daylight sensors.
- External lighting is energy efficient and controlled to only come on during night hours.
- Efficient LED lighting throughout.
- The building's occupied spaces are cooled by natural ventilation.
- There's a 20,000 litre rainwater harvesting tank to supply the toilets, whilst sensor-operated taps and low flush toilets reduce water use.
- Voltage optimisation controls the power supply to the building - reducing energy and power demand.
The Marine Building
- The building uses the sun's energy to heat hot water via solar thermal hot water technology
- Harvested rainwater supplies the toilets
- The building has low energy LED lighting and lighting sensors – reducing energy use from lighting
- A 'blue roof' allows for temporary storage of water and subsequent slow release of stormwater runoff, an example of sustainable urban drainage design and mitigates excess runoff
- Low loss transformers provide a more efficient way to reduce the voltage supply
The Roland Levinsky Building
- A copper wrap exterior for longevity, as well as recyclable properties and exposed concrete walls to provide thermal mass to maximize temperature control.
- The roof uses roof lights to flood the atrium with natural light, and is home to a 6,000 litre rainwater harvesting tank that supplies the toilets.
- A 2.2kW photovoltaic system powers the lighting in the cafe, which is also surrounded by Pilkington Suncool glass to reduce solar gain.
- The remaining lighting consists of low energy LEDs operated by proximity sensors for lighting control.
- The lecture theatres have separate air handling units to provide air conditioning only when needed.
- The cross point atrium space utilises a low energy ventilation system, where fresh air is drawn into the building through below ground level air ducts.
Sustainability is embedded not just in operations across the University but also in our course provision, education methods and research.
Sustainability Courses and Programmes
Plymouth offers a range of sustainability themed courses and programmes across many disciplines.
Discover how the Centre for Sustainable Futures works to embed sustainability across our faculties.
Our Sustainable Earth Institute is about advancing research, knowledge and innovation for a more sustainable Earth.