- The buildings are made of pre-fabricated open panel timber wall frames from a sustainable source.
- Bathroom 'pods' were sourced locally and installed using a crane as completed units to maximise productivity and reduce waste.
- There are interactive displays showing students what energy or water they are using, enabling them to compare their energy use against their neighbours in real-time.
- The building materials used, and the high standard to which the houses and apartments have been insulated and made airtight, means that rooms require little heating.
- Radiators in the rooms have thermostatically controlled valves.
- Mechanical heat recovery ventilation units circulate fresh, filtered air, with an 80% recovery of existing heat from the building, resulting in a continuous supply of fresh air.
There are a number of features to conserve water:
- Aerated taps and showers that result in less water being used - as the water streams are mixed with air.
- Water is heated using solar panels, which pre-heats water for showers and taps.
- Dual flush toilets and rainwater is used to flush toilets.
- The pond in the centre of the village is used to harvest rainwater, as are the roofs of the buildings.
- The houses and flats have extensive recycling facilities.
- Students are encouraged to consider every single bit of waste to assess if it can be recycled. This fits with current practice in the University - there are no bins in lecture theatres, social spaces or offices. Instead a range of recycling facilities can be found helping to seperate waste for recycling effectively.
- All rooms in the flats and houses are lit with low energy lighting.
- Students will be encouraged to grow vegetables and dining rooms are large designed to enable the households to eat together.
- A team of Green Ambassadors will teach fellow residents how to live in the most sustainable way possible.