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A new approach to recycling at UCL

As part of UCL’s ongoing work to improve recycling rates, a new approach to waste and recycling is being introduced across the university. This includes a new way to segregate waste, the introduction of hundreds of news bins and a unified waste signage scheme.  More...

Published: Sep 19, 2014 11:02:00 AM

New bike racks installed around UCL

As part of UCL's ongoing work to improve cycling facilities for staff and students, the UCL Sustainability Team have completed the installation of new parking spaces for 181 bikes around the Bloomsbury campus.  More...

Published: Aug 19, 2014 9:30:00 AM

UCL engineers work with contractors to boost biodiversity

The replacement of air handling equipment on a roof at 1-19 Torrington Place has been used to trial an innovative approach to working with UCL's contractors to boost biodiversity.  More...

Published: Aug 12, 2014 2:02:00 PM

Green UCL Annual Report published 

Green UCL’s Annual Report for 2012-13 is now ready. This report showcases examples of best practice and sets out our progress in creating a more sustainable UCL. More...

Published: Aug 5, 2014 3:54:00 PM

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