BSRC Building Receives A Energy Rating

The New Biomedical Sciences Research Centre (BSRC) has been awarded an A-rated energy performance certificate.

The BSRC, on which construction was recently completed, is a world-class research facility. This means that is it an energy intensive building, and so the achievement of an A-rating energy performance certificate is very unusual and a great achievement. The A-rating is the University’s first energy award of this level.

The construction of the BSRC followed strict environmental guidelines, and as a result is highly energy efficient, built with recycled materials, and houses a combined heat and power system (CHP).

At the University of St Andrews, every new build that has been constructed since 2010 follows a very high environmental standard in accordance with our Sustainable Design Guide (here). All new buildings are built to the specifications of BREEAM Excellent, a national green building classification.

Gold Green Tourism Award to New Hall and DRA

After the Green Tourism re-assessment was completed in August, we at the Environment Team have been waiting with baited breath to hear the result. And the news is finally in….. GOLD Awards for both New Hall and David Russell Apartments (DRA)!


Both halls of residence have previously been awarded Gold GTBS certificates, but this year they scored 90%, putting both New Hall and DRA in the running for the GTBS annual Best Performer Award.

This is a great achievement that recognizes the exemplary environmental commitment and practice both at a hall and campus-wide scale.



GTBS is a national sustainable tourism certification that is a Visit Scotland venture. It recognizes:

  • environmental management
  • infrastructure
  • energy and water consumption
  • sustainable purchasing
  • waste management
  • low impact transport
  • engagement
  • attention to natural and cultural heritage
These Gold GTBS awards add to the growing list of impressive and high-standing green awards that the University of St Andrews is accruing, such as a 1st Class People and Planet Green League 2011 Award and funding from the Climate Challenge Fund for Transition University of St Andrews. As such, the University of St Andrews is receiving national recognition for the innovative and progressive environmental practices of the organization and is emerging as a national leader in green practice in the Higher Education Sector.

The Environment Team was very excited to receive this news of the Gold GTBS Awards. It is always rewarding to be recognized for your hard work… we hope that this achievement helps to inspire more halls of residences at St Andrews to become certified!

 To learn more about GTBS please click here

People & Planet Green League 2011 Out Today!!

Today is a rather exciting day for the Environment Team to begin the intrepid journey into the world of online blogging. Resident in the ever bustling home of the University of St Andrews Estates on East Sands, the team currently consists of 5 beavering green go-getters: Roddy Yarr (Environment manager), David Stutchfield (Energy officer), Barbara Aitken (Environment officer), Hanna Plant (Sustainability officer) and Graeme Noble (graduate engineer).

Today, the year’s efforts from the Environment Team were recognised with a 1st class award from the People & Planet Green League 2011! The League featured on the front page of the Guardian’s Education pages this morning.

Rising this year from a 2:1 award in 2010, St Andrews managed to secure 37 points,  coming in equal with Aberdeen University. Edinburgh Napier (the only other Scottish university to achieve 1st class) topped the Scottish universities with 44.5 points and ranking at 13th place.

The Environment Team are keen to keep up the good work and do even better next year. The Green League has always been a fantastic tool to check out the sustainability leaders and highlight the kind of sustainability leadership needed from HEI’s in the UK.

The top priority for the Team now is to ensure the ratification of the current new and revised draft Sustainable Development Policy and Strategy. We’ve all got our fingers crossed that this could be any day now!

The Green League this year also highlighted the improvements still to be made by HEI’s. As Louise Hazan (mother of the P&P Green League) quite rightly pointed out that sector’s total carbon emissions have risen by 3.9% since 2005 and that 63% of universities are not yet on track to meet government carbon reduction targets:

“This year’s results show the sector is making a clear transition towards low-carbon, sustainable operations and responding to increasing student demand for greener universities that offer value for money. However, despite clear progress in the last year on issues such as carbon management planning and student engagement, the fact that carbon emissions are still rising should sound alarm bells for Vice-Chancellors and the Government alike”.

At least now we have a blog. 🙂