Sustainability built in

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Being responsible, sustainable and ethical to leave a better environment for future generations is something we are passionate about at National Star. That’s why sustainability has played a key role in the development of our new specialist student accommodation at Ullenwood, due to be completed by summer 2023.

Our measures include:

  • Mitigating the impact of the high heating requirements for our residents by using a sustainable design for the buildings that’s highly energy efficient.
  • Building natural ventilation into the rooms, helping with cooling when seasonally required.
  • Mounting PV and solar panels onto the roofs to generate electricity and hot water.
  • Using green roofs to collect rainwater.
  • Using the college’s existing district heating system, which is powered by a biomass boiler.
  • Building large overhangs onto the roofs to mitigate excessive solar gain.
  • Harvesting rainwater for irrigation of the area around the accommodation.

Wildlife and biodiversity

  • Trees are important for people, wildlife and the environment, and we plan to increase biodiversity at Ullenwood by more than 10% with additional tree and hedge planting. We will also build a beautiful sensory garden and landscaped gardens.
  • Sensitive lighting will help protect the brown long-eared bats and myotis bats that are either roosting on the site or like to visit us.
  • Small gaps will be left at the base of all fences, walls and boundaries to allow hedgehogs safe passage across site when they need it. We’re proud to be a Hedgehog Friendly campus!
  • Two bird nesting boxes will be installed on mature trees near the paddock.

Find out more

Discover more about the new accommodation and how you can support our Building a Brighter Future Appeal. You can learn about National Star’s commitment to sustainability here.

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