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.