Sustainability built in
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.