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Universities Superannuation Scheme - USS

PRI reporting framework 2018

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Property developments and major renovations

PR 11. Proportion of developments and refurbishments where ESG issues were considered

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11.1. Indicate the proportion of active property developments and major renovations where ESG issues have been considered.

(by number of active property developments and refurbishments)

11.2. Indicate if the following ESG considerations are typically implemented and monitored in your property developments and major renovations.

11.3. Additional information. [Optional]

All our developments and refurbishments aim to improve their ESG performance, this is mainly focused around the EPC rating where we aim to ensure the grade achieved is no worse than a ‘D’.

We are currently trialling ESG standards for our contractors on larger builds and refurbishments.  This includes providing to them a fit-out guide which recommends sustainable elements to be considered during the preparation of the specification for any alterations, for example:

- Low energy lighting fittings, including LEDs.

- Lighting controls, such as sensors (Passive Infrared) or timers, to optimise energy use in areas that are used less frequently or when the premises are unoccupied.

- The inclusion of low energy plant, such as boilers and cooling equipment.

- Specification of sustainable materials, such as timber from sustainably managed woodland, locally sourced goods, reused or recycled materials, and materials with a lower environmental impact including flooring, walls, windows, paints and insulation.

- Renewable energy sources such as Photovoltaic cells (solar ‘PV’ panels).

- Low flush or dual flush WCs or waterless urinals.

- Flow regulators to taps and shower heads, spray or aerator taps.