The Living Lab provides opportunities to harness the world class research capabilities at the University of Oxford to address pressing sustainability issues experienced both on campus and on a wider scale. Some examples include:

Shut the Sash!

This project, undertaken in the University’s Chemistry department, explore the problems and solutions associated with the use of fume cupboards. Through observational and interview data, the project identified root causes leading to fume hoods being left open when not in use, and identified a range of technical and behavioural solutions to reduce associated energy costs.

For further information please contact Tom Heel

Waterbaths: A how to guide

Waterbaths provide constant and controlled conditions in which to conduct experiments, but identifying the optimal equipment and operating procedures could save the university money and energy related carbon emissions. This project, undertaken over summer 2016, explored a range of variables, and identified their impact on potential saving.

For further information please contact Zsuzsa Mayer or Tom Heel

Midnight Oil 

This project, delivered by Estates Services, the Environmental Change Institute, and Hoare Lea, set out to explore how the University’s 24-hour access research buildings are designed, controlled and used, and how usage can be better managed to reduce carbon emissions.

For further information please contact Sarah Darby or Harriet Waters

Pedalling Innovation: Oxford's first cycling hackathon

This 2-day event brought together people from across Oxford to develop ideas to monitor and improve cycling opportunities. With a goal of getting more people onto bikes, the collaboration looked to answer questions like “what do we want/need to know about cycling in Oxford?”, “how can we capture the information that we need?” and “how can we put this data to practical use?”

For further information please contact Adam Bows

Bodleian Book Storage Facility

The Bodleian book storage facility requires substantial temperature and humidity regulation to keep the holdings properly maintained. A collaborative project between the Department of Engineering, the Environmental Change Institute, Estates Services, and the Bodleian is exploring opportunities for embedded generation, storage, and demand management to deliver energy, carbon, and cost savings.

For further information please contact Tom Heel