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External recognition of these certifications means that external parties can see the university as an environmentally aware institution that cares about sustainability. Whilst meeting the BREEAM ‘Excellent’ benchmark comes with many challenges, especially in the case of refurbishments and highly specialist buildings, the BREEAM framework promotes a rigorous approach to broader sustainable-design issues. Even projects falling short of the ‘Excellent’ rating have nonetheless achieved a higher standard than they might otherwise have reached if the BREEAM ‘Excellent’ standard was not adopted; that way, the sustainability aspirations are set out from the outset.

Sustainable Buildings Philosophy: www.admin.ox.ac.uk/media/global/wwwadminoxacuk/localsites/estatesdirectorate/documents/capitalprojectsforms/Supplementary_Documentation_v3.pdf

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