Empowering the Education Sector's Transition

In the pursuit of Net Zero emissions, universities and colleges find themselves at a pivotal crossroads. Balancing the financial squeeze of rising energy costs and the need for sustainable practices presents a formidable challenge. However, emerging technologies, such as HVAC System Digital Twins, are revolutionising the path to Net Zero while bridging the dreaded "Performance Gap."

1. The Energy Conundrum in Education


Urbis Schréder offer LED lighting and control solutions, connecting education spaces and places to enable improved environments, whilst enhancing standards, improving learning experience and reimagining the way light is used through efficiency, innovation, sustainability, and expertise.


Optimising and Decarbonising University Heat Networks

Chris Davis, Head of Marketing at Hysopt, explains how digital technology and the new Government Heat Network Efficiency Scheme can help universities decarbonise heat and lower energy costs

The heat challenge for university campuses

Across the UK, Universities are committing to challenging carbon reduction targets, with decarbonisation of heat identified by many as a key challenge for the sector.


Responsible for as much as 50% of UK greenhouse gas emissions, achieving climate-neutral building stock by 2050 is high on the agenda for educational organisations. One facet of education buildings that exhibits consistent year-round demands and dependency is domestic hot water or DHW, as a result it can deliver instant sustainability wins.


Leadership teams in Schools & Academies are faced with increased energy costs that are having a real impact on school finances. In some extreme cases, schools are faced with the tough decision of sacrificing teaching resource to pay the increased energy costs that are likely here to stay.
During 2022 we have seen schools move from paying £0.16p per kWh to £0.80p per kWh on new electricity contracts. Therefore energy is at the top of the agenda for most school boards and governors.


Turning a thermostat to maximum is often the first thing a student does when entering their room for the first time. Nine times out of ten, it will remain at this setting for the duration of their stay. In our experience if the room is too warm, they will cool it by opening the window rather than adjusting the thermostat again!


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