Project timeframe: April 2013 - December 2014

SMARTSPACES (Saving Energy in Europe's Public Buildings Using ICT) is a three year European Union project funded through the Competitiveness & Innovation Framework Programme.

The SMARTSPACES project co-ordinators are Empirica and there are a total of 30 partners.

The implementation of operational services includes 11 pilot sites with more than 550 buildings in 8 countries (United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Spain,Netherlands, Turkey, Serbia) with almost 20,000 professionals and staff users and reaching more than 6,000,000 visitors annually.

The SMARTSPACES service will enable public authorities in Europe to significantly improve their management of energy in the buildings they occupy.

Aims of the Project

  1. To substantially reduce peak and overall demand for energy and water across EU public buildings
  2. To develop a service comprising of innovative ICT-based energy decision support, awareness and management service components.
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EnergySmart Birmingham provides a detailed breakdown of the energy consumption of the three pilot sites:

  1. The Council House
  2. Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery
  3. Council House Extension at Margaret Street.

Improving the energy efficiency of its own buildings is of great importance to Birmingham City Council, and the SMARTSPACES sites all represent big buildings with a high resource consumption that present many challenges regarding the existing installations, number of rooms, building age and the various user groups based within.

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Birmingham City Council has the aim to reduce its carbon footprint by 60% in 2026 based on its 1990 baseline