UCL is currently preparing a formal response to Transport for London's proposals for both a new segregated East-West Cycle Superhighway through Central London and a North-South Cycle Superhighway between Elephant & Castle and King's Cross. If you'd like to make any make any suggestions to be considered as part of this response, please contact Joanna Marshall-Cook before Friday 3rd October. More...
Published: Sep 26, 2014 10:28:00 AM
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
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
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.