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Campus development

Sustainable buildings

BU is constantly looking to improve and modernise its buildings and estate. A key part of this vision is to make the estate more sustainable.

Over the past couple of years BU has opened two landmark buildings, the Student Centre and the Fusion Building, and has also carried out major refurbishment works in other buildings.

BU's Student Centre, which opened in 2015, is the central hub on campus for the Students’ Union. It has a Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) excellent rating in recognition of its environmental credentials. The building incorporates solar arrays (PVs) which provide electricity to drive the ground source heat pump, which in turn provides a renewable source of heating and cooling for the building.

The Fusion Building, which opened on Talbot campus at the start of June 2016, also has a BREEAM excellent rating. The building incorporates high-quality solar arrays (PVs), a ground source heat pump, a combined heat and power plant (a highly efficient way to provide heat for the building from electricity generation), rainwater harvesting, LED lighting, triple glazing, internal trees and green roofs. It also has a large glass dome on the roof which allows natural light into the building and reduces the need for artificial lighting.

Another major sustainability feature of note is the Poole House biomass heating system which burns sustainably sourced local wood chips to power the central heating system. To close the loop all the ash by-product created is then returned and used on the land.

How to get involved

These spaces are for all BU students to enjoy. We provide guided tours of our estate to inform staff and students about the new technologies used to power our buildings and help reduce our energy and water use.

How does this help BU?

BU is proud of the sustainability credentials of the two new buildings on its Talbot Campus. Both include a range of low or zero carbon technologies to minimise energy and water use and provide excellent conditions to support academic endeavours. The Sustainable Construction Policy (pdf 194kb) outlines BU’s commitments to continuing to invest in a more sustainable estate.

SUBU's perspective

The student centre has provided a fantastic space for students to use, both as a good, relaxed learning environment for them to do group work or spend all day revising. It also works really well as a social space for them to use to be able to relax in the day in between lectures. The building was rated BREEAM Excellent, and is really environmentally friendly, which I think is a real bonus – and the students love it!”

Chloe Schendel-Wilson, former SUBU President