Our LOW CARBON CAMPUS JOURNEY – OUR KEY MILESTONES

Our campus was an early adopter of the low energy/carbon agenda, with our low carbon campus journey beginning in the early 1990s.

Although the need to reduce CO2 emissions primarily became a focus for the HE sector after 2005, running an efficient and low energy estate has been a long-standing goal of ours. The challenges of operating a 1960s estate with poor thermal performance led us to develop a series of highly thermally efficient buildings, both to counter the original building stock and to ensure the estate as a whole was cost effective to operate.

1990 – 1995: THE ELIZABETH FRY BUILDING (1995)

After 20 years, the Elizabeth Fry Building still exceeds current building regulations for thermal performance and is one our most energy efficient buildings on campus. “Best building...

1995 – 2000: CHP AND DISTRICT HEATING (1999)

Through our combined heat and power (CHP) engines, UEA regularly generates over 60% of its own, low carbon, electricity. This reduces our carbon footprint by around 20%, or 5000tCO 2 e (compared...

2000 – 2005: ZICER BUILDING AND INTEGRATED PV (2002)

The ZICER (The Zuckerman Institute for Connective Environmental Research) Building was our first building-integrated photovoltaic (PV) system. The 34kW system demonstrates the potential of...

​​​​​​​DISTRICT COOLING SYSTEM (2006)

Bringing the double benefit: reducing electrical demand by creating value from waste output from low carbon technology. Project uses waste heat from the CHP engines, not electrical...

THOMAS PAINE STUDY CENTRE (2009)

Continuing to specialise in using thermal mass and innovative ventilation, with increased zoning for local comfort.

JULIAN STUDY CENTRE (2013)

The Julian Study Centre began our exploration of the potential of cross-laminated timber (CLT) for academic and residential buildings, allowing quick construction and a lower carbon footprint. ...

CROME COURT (2014)

Our most environmental and energy-efficient accommodation block, Crome Court has won several awards for its innovation in new construction software, and is a finalist in the 2015 Green Gown Awards.

BOILER REPLACEMENT (SPRING 2015)

Replacing the 50-year-old boilers used to back up the CHP engines and provide extra mid-winter heat will save money on an ongoing basis, as well as reduce wasted energy through increased...

ENTERPRISE CENTRE (JUNE 2015)

The Enterprise Centre is our and Norfolk’s showcase low carbon building, aspiring to be the UK’s greenest commercial building. It is an inspirational example of the potential for...

Looking forward

A major component of the next phase of the Energy and Carbon Reduction Programme (2020 to 2025) is likely to be the refurbishment of the 1960s campus buildings, with energy reduction in mind alongside improving environmental conditions.

The University, including the Estates Division Senior Management Team, is currently considering the future Estates Strategy.