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Student Accommodation

student accommodation operators

Student accommodation operators and developers are increasingly subject to net-zero Carbon legislation, just like any other business.

In short, if you are such an operator, you’ll be working towards net-zero Carbon accommodation. In other words, this will either be because you have to in the planning stage, or because you’re retrofitting older properties for improved profit and before legislation catches up with you.

For the most part, all residential and commercial properties already need to have an EPC rating of ‘E’ or above. 

IU Energy works with all these types of student accommodation operators. We help them achieve their carbon reduction goals when building or letting student accommodation. Chiefly, this is with the goal of driving down overall energy use and therefore cost and carbon emissions.

Notably, not only do your climate change credentials affect the marketability and compliance of your developments, but also the profit potential. Equally important for developers, they also affect Planning Permission.

Net zero-Carbon. It affects you

Notwithstanding being attractive to a generation of students who are willing to take to the streets and call global climate strikes, there’s certainly another reason for installing energy-efficient technology.

Significantly, it’s the UK’s legal obligations to the Paris Climate Agreement.

By 2050, the UK is required to be a net zero-Carbon economy. By the end of 2019, over 270 City Councils had declared a climate change emergency, explicitly setting net-zero Carbon deadlines by 2030. Obviously, that’s a full twenty years before the obligations of the Paris Climate Agreement.

Are you ready in this case?

To be sure, as student accommodation operators you’ll already know which University cities these Councils cover. With this in mind, Council and UK climate goals will markedly affect student accommodation developers and Landlords.

All businesses must reduce their carbon footprint

The UK’s duty to reduce its emissions is part of a joint pledge by members of the European Union. It must be remembered that the UK is still committed to this, regardless of having left the EU.

As an illustration, there is already increased Carbon Reporting and the Climate Change Levy. At the same time, there is also a spectrum of fines for polluters. Indeed, it is likely that these fines will be extended to reach all businesses as 2030 and 2050 approach.

The benefits: Landlord student accommodation  

  • Appeal to climate-change aware students
  • Fewer maintenance issues
  • Zero Carbon Monoxide risks with non-gas water heating
  • Opportunity to set up individual student Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) 
  • Increased income and profit
  • Reduced risk of fines

To put it another way, we frequently see cost savings of up to 30%; especially when supplying and fitting combinations of –

In summary, it’s good business to develop and let energy-efficient student accommodation. 

Property developers; student accommodation benefits

  • Planning Permission obtained more easily from Local Authorities
  • SBEM
  • SAP10
  • Appeal to purchasing Landlords

Case Studies

Below is a case study for a project we conducted in student accommodation.

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