To achieve the SKA Gold rating, the building was also praised for its cycle storage, low-flush toilets, energy-efficient hand dryers and refrigerators, as well as the sustainability of the EEI buildings refurbishment, where waste products from the remodelling were recycled.
Stephen Dale, Director of Estates and Facilities at the University of Hull, said: “I am delighted that our prestigious Energy & Environment Institute building has been recognised as achieving one of the highest sustainability ratings.
“Last year, the University outlined a bold vision to become carbon neutral by 2027. Impressive strides towards that goal have already been made, and in the coming months, we will be sharing more information on how we plan to transition our campus into a net carbon zero estate.
“The University’s Energy & Environment Institute is at the heart of our ambitious strategy, and news of this prestigious accolade could not have come at a stronger time for Hull.”
“In line with the University’s inclusivity values, we are also well underway with phase two plans for greater accessibility standards within the building too.”
The project was managed by Rider Levett Bucknall, who also certified the project as the SKA assessor having developed the accreditation scheme with the RICS.
RLB also provided project management, building surveying and sustainability services for the University of Hull.
Paul Batchelor, Partner at RLB, said: “Delivering the SKA Gold rated academic hub for the pioneering Energy & Environment Institute at the University of Hull was a fantastic project for the team at RLB to lead.
“Sustainability was at the very core of this project and the collaboration of the entire team was key to its success, achieving the first SKA Gold in the region is a brilliant credit to everyone involved.”
The EEI’s new home was designed by Chameleon Business Interiors.
Shaun Watts, Chairman at Chameleon Business Interiors, said: “We are delighted with the Gold SKA rating achieved for the University of Hull’s Energy and Environment Institute.
“At Chameleon we work with sustainability front of mind on every project, and this was particularly important whilst working with the University of Hull, given the nature of the hub in leading efforts to tackle global environmental resilience and energy sustainability.
“Day-to-day, we made sure to pay careful consideration to of all the materials used, as well as monitor the onsite activities from an environmental and sustainability perspective.
“It was a pleasure to be part of a larger team, all of whom were dedicated to delivering a world-class, planet-friendly project.”