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Student Accommodation

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Student accommodation operators are subject to net-zero Carbon legislation; just like any other business.

So if you are a such an operator, or perhaps a Landlord, or a firm of student accommodation developers, you’ll be working towards net-zero Carbon accommodation, either because you have to in the planning stage, or by retrofitting older properties.

IU Energy works with all these types of organisations in helping them achieve their carbon reduction goals when building student accommodation. Chiefly, this is with the goal of driving down energy use and therefore cost and carbon emissions.

To put it another way, efficient energy technology and renewables are on the whole important to student accommodation operators.

Notably, this is because they affect marketability of developments and profits for Landlords. Equally important, they also affect Planning Permission for developers.

Net zero-Carbon. It affects you

Notwithstanding being attractive to a generation of students, willing to take to the streets and call global strikes in their defence of our planet, 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 Agreement.

Are you ready in this case?

To be sure, you’ll already know which of these Councils of coincide with University cities. With this in mind, Council and UK climate goals will markedly affect student accommodation companies.

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 leaving the EU.

As an illustration, there is already increased Carbon Reporting and Climate Change Levy. At the same time there is also a spectrum of fines for polluters.

The benefits: Landlord student accommodation  

  • Appeal to climate change aware students
  • Fewer maintenance issues
  • Zero Carbon Monoxide risks with non-gas heated hot water 
  • 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 –

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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