BREEAM Campus Approach

BREEAM is a globally recognized sustainability label for the built environment. It is used to determine the sustainability performance of new buildings. Existing buildings are assessed using BREEAM-NL In-Use methodology.

Making buildings more sustainable with the help of BREEAM-NL certification

Sixteen Utrecht University buildings in Utrecht Science Park have been tested for their sustainable performance within nine sustainability categories and certified through BREEAM-NL In-Use. This involved looking at the building itself, the management and use of the building. The certification provides insight into the sustainability aspects on which a building is already well performing well and where there are opportunities for further improvement.

An example that already makes a lot of profit is the connection of several buildings to the heat-cold ring, so that several buildings can be heated and cooled simultaneously and efficiently. Waste is separated into residual flows and there are more and more charging points for electric cars. The catering offer is now also standard vegetarian.

Every construction and maintenance project offers an opportunity to become more sustainable

In the Netherlands, Utrecht University is the first university to opt for a so-called portfolio approach in which several buildings are assessed at the same time. This gives the university a quick and clear picture of how it can make its existing real estate more sustainable in the future.

The BREEAM project team, Conny Haasnoot, Alex Ziegler, Annemiek Pronk and Laurens de Lange, who together with the BREEAM-NL assessor mapped out the sustainable aspects of the sixteen buildings, will work with all stakeholders within existing work processes to implement improvement points.

Future-proof construction

Utrecht University will use more circular and bio-based materials and conduct thermographic research so that the weaknesses of the façade insulation can be improved.  Every construction and maintenance project offers an opportunity to become more sustainable. We are always checking whether an adaptation actually contributes to the sustainability of the building and the future-proofing of the Utrecht Science Park.

Re-test in three years

In 2024, Utrecht University will have the buildings reassessed and certified using the BREEAM-NL In-Use methodology. Then the university knows to what extent it has made the existing real estate more sustainable.



The buildings that are certified in 2020-2021:

  • Jeannette Donker-Voet gebouw                   
  • Prof. Dr. H. Jakob gebouw                 
  • Willem C. Schimmelgebouw              
  • Earth Simulation Lab of Earth Simulation Laboratory           
  • Minnaertgebouw                   
  • Vening Meineszgebouw C                 
  • Buys Ballotgebouw                
  • Viktor Koningsbergergebouw            
  • Vening Meineszgebouw A                 
  • Hans Freudenthalgebouw                 
  • David de Wiedgebouw                      
  • Vening Meineszgebouw B
  • Leonard S. Ornsteinlaboratorium
  • Educatorium
  • Marinus Ruppertgebouw
  •  Universiteitsbibliotheek Uithof

Do you have questions about BREEAM?

Contact Laurens de Lange Conny Haasnoot Alex Ziegler or Annemiek Pronk of the project team.