Building sustainable campuses: How universities can score top marks

Since the cap on student numbers was removed, many universities have significantly increased their recruitment and are looking to expand their provision. The lifting of the cap has also increased competition in the sector so universities are looking at their existing infrastructure to modernise, update or offer new contemporary facilities. For some institutions this has involved investment in new campus building projects.

Universities are generally very proactive in their responsibilities for sustainable construction with a clear policy in place and often the inclusion of a strategy such as the DEFRA Framework for Sustainable Procurement. Many universities have incorporated specific targets, for example implementing BREEAM assessments in to the specification for their new buildings.

Coupled with the requirement to minimise disruption to campus and maximise the space available, a modular eco building seems to offer the perfect solution. Crane in of pre-constructed modules can significantly reduce the time required on site. This of course helps to satisfy the safety criteria for a busy working university campus and also helps to make the best use of sometimes tight spaces available.

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What is an Eco Workspace?

As we move forward with our mission to keep global temperatures from rising there’s a universal desire to do more. Businesses and universities are playing their part as demand for their services increases.

An eco-workspace from Pod Space has a standard specification that already incorporates some of the important features such as renewable technologies for heating and cooling, natural insulation and cladding materials, low energy lighting, high levels of natural light and of course FSC certified timbers. We regularly include other elements such as a green roof and we often work alongside consultants such as landscape designers and interior architects. You can read more about our specification for universities and businesses on our commercial page.

The Pod Space team work alongside the client to design a bespoke space that is totally unique to the organization. This offers endless creativity for truly useful and flexible spaces that will enhance the provision on campus and attract the brightest students without compromise on the eco-sustainability.

Exeter University learning and meeting area
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