Element Four: How driven are you by the assumption and responses of the student occupiers?
Tim Riley: We try to gather feedback from students on their accommodation and we have found it to be very useful. For example, when we installed 1.2 meters wide by 2 meters tall glass panels, students loved them as they provided extra sunlight into the room. Now is an excellent time to collect more feedback from the student occupiers as they stayed in their bedrooms more than ever during the pandemic.
Element Four: What made you realise that you needed a new approach to sustainability?
Tim Riley: Our students are driving this. Nowadays, students are more aware and discuss the climate crisis, as they read it in the news and see it on TV. Our partners, the universities, also focus more on reducing carbon and student well-being. The other pressure will be coming from the competition between universities. Students choose which university to go to based on three main criteria: The university type, the courses it provides, and the third one is becoming more significant - the quality of the student accommodation. They want to have good quality but affordable accommodation. So ultimately, it is the student driving the market forward, and Passivhaus has become prominent in the sector as a recognised solution.