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EU-wide project to cut energy consumption in hundreds of buildings

Three-year project aims to improve energy management in 550 buildings using smart monitoring systems

The EU project aims to cut energy consumption in hundreds of buildings
The project aims to cut energy consumption in hundreds of buildings across the EU

An EU project has been launched to reduce energy consumption in hundreds of buildings. Smartspaces is a three-year project that will enable public authorities across Europe to significantly improve the management of energy in their buildings by exploiting ICT, such as smart monitoring.

German consultancy firm Empirica is leading the EUR 6m project. De Montfort University (DMU) in Leicester, UK, and Leicester City Council, are key partners in on project. It includes 11 pilot sites with more than 550 buildings in eight countries.

In addition to partnering with Leicester City Council to develop systems to engage with users, managers and visitors of 20 public buildings, De Montfort University will take the lead in evaluating the success of the entire project, drawing on the university’s extensive expertise in the analysis of energy and municipal buildings.

Professor Paul Fleming, DMU director of sustainable development, said: “The buildings sector represents a huge, largely untapped potential for energy savings. Public buildings make up 12 per cent of all buildings in the EU and along with the residential buildings contribute 40 per cent to total EU energy consumption. This project is a great example of DMU using its expertise in sustainability to reduce energy consumption in buildings on an international scale.”