Encouraging sustainability and minimising our impact

From the sustainable design features we incorporate into our buildings to the resources and information we share with our residents, we reduce our environmental footprint and create communities that care about the important things in life. Our approach to sustainability helps the environment and reduces running costs – both of which increase the value of the asset over the long term.

a range of sustainable solutions

  • Grey water recycling
  • Rainwater harvesting
  • Thermal mass construction
  • Cross ventilation (minimising the need for air conditioning)
  • Solar boosted hot water systems
  • Long life, low maintenance recyclable finishes
  • Natural lighting and low energy fixtures

Awards and ratings


  • Student Village, the University of Melbourne Campus – 5 Green Star sustainable design rating, Green Building Council of Australia
  • University of Canberra Village (Stage 2) – 5 Star Basix energy efficiency rating, NSW Government, Planning & Environment
  • UNSW Village – Sustainability, Randwick Council Urban Design Awards
  • UNSW Village – Sustainable Development, Urban Development Institute of Australia, NSW

New Zealand

  • Massey Albany Student Accommodation Village – 5 Star Qualmark rating, New Zealand Tourism

United Kingdom

  • Prince Consort Village – BREEAM Excellent Certification
  • Peel Park, University of Salford Student Village – BREEAM Excellent Certification
  • Goldsmiths Student Village – BREEAM Excellent (New Build) and Very Good (Refurbishment) Certification

did you know?

In the first 4 months of 2016 alone, our 5 Green Star rated Student Village at the University of Melbourne collected over 31,000kw of solar energy and 787,000 litres of rainwater!

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That’s enough solar energy to power
5 average Australian homes for a whole year!

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And enough water to fill
3 Olympic-sized swimming pools!