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UCL action for Sustainability Celebrated at the Green Impact Awards

UCL's President & Provost, Professor Graham Hart, Dean of the Faculty of Population Health Sciences and the Sustainability team paid tribute to the remarkable efforts of the UCL community in tackling our environmental impacts this week at the Green Impact Award Ceremony.   More...

Published: Jun 11, 2014 3:03:00 PM

Get Cycling Event: Wednesday 14th May, South Quad

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Published: May 12, 2014 12:41:00 PM

Big Easter Switch Off: the results!

Congratulations to everyone who joined in with the Big Easter Switch Off.  More...

Published: May 1, 2014 11:54:00 AM

UCL achieves Ska Gold rating for Whittington Hospital refurbishment

UCL has successfully achieved its first Ska Gold certificate for its refurbishment project in the Whittington Hospital. This rating represents environmental best practice in terms of reducing waste, using more sustainable materials, installing highly efficient lighting, and water saving toilets.   More...

Published: Mar 27, 2014 12:31:00 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.