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Start the design process by organising an ecocharette with different stakeholders at the university and continue the process. Develop guidelines highlighting sustainability aspirations for the university, and how these relate to new build and refurbishment projects. Remain flexible in the initial design process in order to enable building spaces that are easily modified and serve a variety of purposes for a diverse group of users over the lifetime of the building. Aim for the highest standards when designing a new building or a retrofit of an existing one. Get advice from the national green building council in your area. Choose which green-building certification scheme you will use – the best known include: BREEAM, LEED, GREEN STAR and DGNB. Decide which existing buildings on campus have the potential to be retrofitted to a green-building standard, and start with those. Remember to follow up. Measuring and auditing are fundamental to ensuring you get the most from your investment in sustainability.

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IARU - Green Guide for Universities – pathways towards sustainability