Institute for Sustainability

The Institute, centre of excellence for independent sustainability research, demonstration and knowledge dissemination was created to accelerate the delivery of economically, environmentally and socially sustainable cities and communities. We have extensive private, public and academic sector networks for close-to-market, collaborative research and demonstration projects. The aim of the Institute is to facilitate large-scale Total Community Retrofit demonstrators, building on three programmes: resource efficient buildings; sustainable utilities infrastructure; transport and logistics. The Institute has been leading or involved in EU and UK projects: INTERREG IVB, iTransfer, LoPinoD, Weastflows, Cradle-to-Cradle; UK ERDF: FLASH project taking the learning from national Technology Strategy Board “Retrofit for the Future” and “Building Performance Evaluation” programmes and disseminating to 1250 SMEs; EIT Climate – Knowledge and Innovation Communities; FP7: GE20, TURaS. The Institute will develop and manage the prototyping facility, facilitate opportunities for laboratory prototyping and demonstrator phase and act as coordinator for the London project. Namely, we will contribute with its specific location-based projects:
-Laboratory development and testing of designs - a new low carbon facility, at the London Sustainable Industries Park, used for proto-typing and testing design solutions, prior to testing in new and existing homes;
-Demonstrator phase in a)new and b)existing homes:
a)Barking Riverside development – trials during the first phase of 300 homes influencing future development of around 10,000 homes;
b)East London - through the Smart Grids: Low Carbon London Project with EDF, UK Power Networks, Imperial College, Logica, Siemens, and GLA.
The Institute will also enable close collaboration with the London Co-location Centre of the CLIMATE KIC to demonstrate practical applicability of the new analytical tools developed in the project.