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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

Paula Morgenstern (UCL Energy Institute): Challenges to heat metering in poorly performing apartment blocks

Residents of district-heated apartments currently often pay for their heating based on floor space. In this context, the introduction of individual heat meters hopes to reduce household heat consumption by providing an economic incentive for lower living temperatures.
However, many district-heated blocks in the UK do not conform to today’s thermal performance standards and are poorly insulated. Through heat meters, their residents could consequently be charged a cost which is firstly higher than in comparably sized well performing blocks and secondly not fully controllable by them due to a strong influence of building fabrics. This raises problems with fairness, especially in local authority owned blocks where heating costs represent a substantial part of the occupants’ income.
This works illustrates the case of the Brunswick Centre (Bloomsbury, London), a building where the introduction of residential heat meters is anything but a straightforward measure to reduce energy consumption.