Decarbonisation of Historic Higher Education Estates

Wednesday 24th November 2021

Theatre :  Built Environment and Transport  Case Studies  Retrofitting 


Bill Watts will talk about the Net Zero Carbon and retrofitting case study at Wolfson College, Oxford.

Max Fordham is currently working with Wolfson College, at the University of Oxford, on an £8M project to cut at least 75% of its carbon emissions on its main estate by March 2022. The decarbonisation project is supported by a £5m government grant and is part of the College’s plan to achieve a net zero carbon estate by 2030 at the latest.

Founded in 1966, Wolfson College combines modern values with academic excellence, providing graduate students and Fellows with an egalitarian home by the Cherwell River. Its cherished Brutalist buildings by Powell and Moya were completed in 1974 and are now Grade II listed. However, the building’s design does not reflect the College’s commitment to a minimum impact on the environment. Wolfson College currently has a twenty-year carbon footprint of an estimated 24,000 tonnes of CO2, much of which relates to heating its buildings

Learn how to deal with projects where

  • Decarbonisation of heating is difficult
  • The economic argument for investment is simply not there
Bill Watts Senior Partner Max FordhamBill Watts Senior Partner
Max Fordham

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