Ireland’s largest eco-friendly accommodation by Queens University

Belfast City Council has granted planning permission for Northern Ireland’s first Passivhaus student accommodation at Queen’s University Belfast.

The 459-unit student housing block will be the first certified Passivhaus Purpose Built Student Accommodation (PBSA) in Belfast, and the largest on the island of Ireland.

Passivhaus certification is a globally recognised standard aimed at minimising energy used for heating and cooling, reducing building emissions.

Queen’s currently owns and manages over 3,500 beds across the city, with demand estimated at a further 3,000 rooms over the next five years. 

Caroline Young, Vice-President of Students and Corporate Services at Queen’s, said, “We are delighted to be at the forefront of such a significant milestone for sustainable development in Belfast and beyond.

“We are committed to achieving our ambitious net zero target for 2040 whilst providing the best student experience, not least by continuing to offer high quality accommodation at one of the best values across the UK.”