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Now in their eleventh year, the Green Gown Awards recognise exceptional sustainability initiatives being undertaken by universities and colleges across the UK. And UCL is a finalist in these awards for its pioneering approach to reducing vehicles on its Bloomsbury campus. More...
Published: Jul 10, 2015 10:11:00 AM
Each year, it costs around £14 million and produces
over 60,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide to power UCL's estate and operations. And to manage
this impact, we must be able to map and measure it.
Published: Jul 1, 2015 10:01:00 AM
With support from the UCL Sustainability Team, the UCL Interaction Centre (UCLIC) is looking for students to develop innovative uses for technology to help make the university more sustainable. The competition has a £500 prize and the winning entry may be implemented across UCL. More...
Published: Jun 12, 2015 12:51:00 PM
The construction and demolition projects taking place as part of UCL's transformation have been brought to life by the Department of Chemistry's Artist in Residence.
Published: May 28, 2015 2:51:00 PM
Central House Living Lab Wifi Project
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.