How IT can help improve the efficiency and effectiveness of university and college estates

It's very common for buildings to be lit up, heated and cooled even when there is nobody using them.

This may be an obvious area to consider when reducing energy costs, but can be complicated; on a busy campus, buildings are in use and empty at varying times of day over the course of a week or a term, and patterns of use can change often.

Relatively simple changes can help reduce energy use, like presence-detection lighting in corridors, but bigger savings can only be made by addressing the overall complexity of building use, and how this use might be tracked and heating and lighting tied to it.