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Key Facts


Leicester City Council   

De Montfort University Leicester 

Services Planned

Energy Management Service


Energy Decision Support Service 

Five University Buildings

Type of Buildings: University

Surface (m²): 11,992; 10,468; 13,067; 10,507

Permanent users: 4430 students; 488 staff

Visitors/month:  approx. 1,200

Savings planned: 10 % overall ; 5 % peak demand


Four New Schools

Type of building: Schools 

Surface (m²): 11,992; 10,468; 13,067; 10,507 

Permanent users: 4430 students; 488 staff 

Visitors/month:  approx. 1,200 

Savings planned: 10 % overall ; 5 % peak demand   


The pilot site Leicester is the U.K.'s first Environment City. It has developed a long-term strategy to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and, through the wider Leicester Partnership, implemented measures to achieve this ambitious goal. The Leicester Partnership comprises key stakeholders in the City of Leicester. This includes the City Council, the universities, major businesses and voluntary organisations. Leicester installed advanced metering systems in all its public buildings a number of years ago. De Montfort University and Leicester University also have advanced metering, as do approximately 30 small businesses. Typically, electricity, gas and water are metered on a half hourly basis. The systems have provided enormous benefits to energy management.

The systems were installed to provide information for organisational energy management. As a consequence very few individuals have access to these data and they are only available in a technical form via proprietary energy management analysis software (Energy Metering Technology’s ‘Dynamat Plus’ system). The SMARTSPACES project in Leicester uses ICT to make these data more accessible both in terms of providing access to the data but also by providing the results of sophisticated analysis in an intuitive, engaging manner.

The use of ICT is targeted at three different potential audiences:

  • Building users (and managers),
  • the general public and
  • political decision makers.

Information is targeted at these three specific audiences to give them a better understanding of the role of ICT in helping move to a low carbon city.

Building managers and staff working in the buildings are informed about the changing performance of their building(s) over time allowing them to take action to mitigate wastage. The public who uses the buildings is able to see the relative performance of different buildings thus increasing their awareness of energy efficiency issues. Finally, the project helps the City Mayor and his Cabinet to understand the role of ICT, behaviour change and investment in energy efficiency in meeting their low carbon city agenda.

Five university buildings are included in the project:

  • the new Hugh Aston building (university building),
  • the Queens building (university building),
  • the Campus Centre,
  • the Kimberlin library and
  • the John Whitehead building (university building).

Besides five university buildings and four new schools another 11 buildings are included in the pilot with over 110,000m² floor area, approximately 2,000 staff members and 33,000 monthly visitors of which 23,000 are students. The buildings are leisure centres (7), community centres (2), one office building and the central library.


Cllr Palmer

Deputy Mayor for web site


Smartspaces is providing enormous benefits to energy management systems within 20 Leicester City Council buildings. The Smartspaces application is allowing these buildings to be scored against their energy performance and building users are able to have a direct say in the energy behaviour of that building. Smartspaces is one of the projects helping Leicester become a Low Carbon City