The project, called Smartspaces, makes use of the extensive energy metering in public buildings which collect electricity, gas and water consumption data in buildings every 30 minutes.

With collected data presented on a dedicated website, building users will then be encouraged to find ways to reduce their water and energy wastage.

Professor Paul Fleming, director of sustainable development at DMU, said: “The way that energy and water use is communicated to building users is critical in helping them to make the right decisions in reducing consumption.”

“Through the Smartspaces project we are using our expertise and data to help users of public buildings to save energy and reduce water use. This keeps energy use down in public buildings which reduces costs and carbon dioxide emissions,” added Fleming.

Deputy city mayor Cllr Rory Palmer, who leads on climate change, said: “Smartspaces is part of the city’s comprehensive carbon action plan which aims to reduce carbon emissions. If this pilot is successful there is no reason why other institutions and organisations can’t also become Smartspaces.”

The metering system is intended to help energy managers responsible for the 25 buildings to identify and diagnose problems or see the impact of energy saving measures.

In addition, energy consumption data is combined with an on-line discussion forum where building users communicate and collaborate with other building users and energy managers around the city.

Leigh Stringer

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