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Sustainable Communities Institute

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Connecting academia with industry to develop new, innovative solutions for a more sustainable 21st century

The Sustainable Communities Institute at LSBU helps businesses to achieve their sustainability goals, improving energy efficiency, developing sustainable product design and implementing low carbon technologies, with the aim of creating future-proof organisations that drive economic and business advantage.

We are challenge-focused and solution-driven, using cross-disciplinary teams including world-renowned academics, to deliver maximum impact for our partners through consultancy, research, training and education.

Our expertise spans the green economy. We specialise in:

Energy reduction in buildings

  • Low carbon technologies
  • Retro fit of existing buildings
  • Heat networks
  • Passivhaus design and practise
  • Energy management systems
  • Energy policy

Heating and cooling

  • Energy efficient heating and cooling schemes
  • Domestic, office and industrial systems
  • Community power and heat networks
  • Energy reduction for refrigerated transport
  • Use of heat pumps and energy storage
  • Data centre cooling and energy efficiency

Circular economy

  • Product design for end of life and ease of manufacturing
  • Material security and supply
  • Energy reduction in product design
  • Implementing alternative, circular eceonomy based business models

Our activity is supported by sophisticated facilities including CEREB which showcases the latest in low carbon technology, an environmental chamber and food science laboratories.

For more information or enquiries, email Colin Stakem:


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