Efficient use of water is a focal point in the sustainability ambitions of Utrecht University.

Een kraan met een waterbesparende sensor.
A tap with a sensor.

In the Administration Building, the university carried out a pilot to make toilets more sustainable. For instance, the taps in this building are equipped with sensors and the toilets are water-saving.

Between 2012 and 2014, the university reduced its water use with almost 20,000 m3 by discontinuing the use of buildings that were among the biggest users, specifically the Went building and the Geosciences building. 

Water use of Utrecht University



The Executive Board wants all new development projects to achieve BREAAM-NL (Dutch) classification level 'Excellent' (4 stars). This classification indicates the sustainability of a building. BREAAM-NL encompasses quality marks for new development and renovation, pre-existing buildings, area development and demolition and disassembly. In the classification of BREAAM-new development, water-saving elements and water compensation in the area are included.