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Living in UCL accommodation? Get Student Switch Off Volunteer Training

We're looking for enthusiastic, environmentally-minded students currently living in UCL accommodation to become ambassadors for the Student Switch off campaign. More...

Published: Oct 9, 2015 1:44:00 PM

All departments encouraged to take part in UCL's Green Impact programme

Green Impact, UCL's annual sustainability programme is now live for the 2015-16 period, and all departments and divisions are encouraged to take part.  More...

Published: Sep 28, 2015 2:52:00 PM

'Whole Earth?' environmental exhibition comes to Gordon Square Gardens

A new free exhibition will run in Gordon Square Gardens from the 21st September - 16th October, tackling the environmental challenges we face in a changing and increasingly interconnected world.  More...

Published: Sep 23, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Sustainability excellence showcased at the UCL Green Impact Awards

UCL action for sustainability was celebrated this week at the Sustainability Team's annual Green Impact Awards. Vice-Provost Professor Anthony Smith, Professor Graham Hart, Dean of the Faculty of Population Health Sciences and the Sustainability Team paid tribute to the remarkable efforts of staff and students in creating a more sustainable UCL.  More...

Published: Sep 17, 2015 11:26:00 AM

Central House Living Lab

central house

The Central House Living Lab Wifi Project is the result of the Environmental Sustainability Team's support for the use of UCL's estate as a 'living lab' to further learning and research. It's a collaboration between CASA, the Energy Institute, UCL Estates and Green UCL.

Using Central House as a living lab in an age of smartphones and security controls, this pioneering project investigates the potential of already available data sources such as network connections and access cards logs as a useful and cost-efficient tool for energy management in non-domestic buildings.

Occupancy patterns can be identified to provide services efficiently, matching mechanical and lighting systems schedules according to the actual demand. This has great potential to reduce energy, its associated carbon emissions and cost.

The project team has created a visualisation of the relationship between occupancy (using wifi access data) and energy use in UCL's Central House, the results of which can be see in the short film below.  

Watch the short film about the project: 

A still from the project's visualisation tool: 

central house visualisation