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Academic project: Energy use in student rooms | Status: Completed | Date: March 2016

Person: Kate Belford | Subject: Natural Sciences Part IB | Supervisor: Dr Ed Tanner

Project summary: An assessment of the temperature of students’ rooms alongside surveys on thermal comfort and opinions on heating.

Key findings: Temperature probes in student rooms gave an average room temperature of 22.4°C over the course of a week, with no significant difference between the two Colleges measured. There was no significant relationship between internal and external temperature. The survey on opinions about thermal comfort and heating resulted in a spread of views amongst those who responded, with answers ranging from rooms being too cold to too hot.

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How has it been used? The report and findings have been sent to the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) Co-ordinator for the Cambridge Colleges for their use.