The University of Birmingham: Designing the World’s Smartest, Energy-Efficient Campus

August 23, 2022

Net Zero, Cost Savings, and New Opportunities

With the demand for sustainable practices growing, higher-education institutions are searching for innovative ways of financing, reducing carbon emissions, and improving the user experience. While most universities are still in the process of creating and implementing more energy efficient solutions, the University of Birmingham is breaking new ground and bringing the space of education into a new age with Enlighted’s innovative IoT technology. In setting out an ambition to be net zero by 2035, the University has committed to make its Edgbaston and Dubai campuses among the smartest, most intelligent, and sustainable globally. 

With the largest rollout of IoT technology at any university campus in the world, the University of Birmingham has combined digital sensors, analytics technology, and concepts that help change occupant behavior. Now being the world’s first smart campus and living lab, all the data from the university building technologies, estates’ infrastructure and energy plants are being used for innovation, R&D activities, and teaching. 

Additional project highlights include: 

  • The installation of 23,000 Enlighted IoT sensors across the University’s UK and Dubai campuses 
  • New emerging PhD and educational opportunities created from energy consumption and space utilization data gathered from the Enlighted sensors 
  • Becoming a model for other universities to follow after being the first school in the world to roll out IoT technology at scale to lower carbon emissions 
Siemens and Enlighted executives at University of Birmingham
Niko Kavakiotis, Head of Enlighted Europe, Faye Bowser, Siemens Head of Energy and Performance Services GB&I, and Stefan Schwab, CEO of Enlighted

Read more on how the University of Birmingham is reducing its environmental footprint with the help of Enlighted here. 

Our goal is to deliver the campus of the future, using cutting-edge technologies to make our campuses in Edgbaston and Dubai the smartest globally… University-industry strategic partnerships, such as ours with Siemens, are important for helping to identify pathways for turning targets into reality.”  

Professor Tim Jones, Provost and Vice-Principal, University of Birmingham