ARUNDEL, UK, May 5, 2015 – Monitoring temperature and humidity in domestic properties is fast becoming a priority for UK housing associations.
Damp and mould damage costs housing associations millions in repair bills each year and tenant behaviour represents a significant contributing factor. In houses with high energy efficiency ratings, low temperatures and lack of ‘free air flow’ can result in a build-up of moisture. As energy prices increase, many residents are reluctant to switch their heating on. Understanding the causes of damp and mould is paramount in developing effective prevention strategies. Using Data Loggers provides surveyors and housing associations with the necessary data to identify specific causes and in turn can be used to support appropriate prevention strategies.
Phil Glover, Head of Asset Services at Riverside, said: “We wanted to monitor a number of different builds over a period of time and record humidity levels together with temperature and external environmental conditions. Tempcon were able to provide an indoor and outdoor data logger that was highly accurate and battery powered. In addition they were able to supply a large volume of these at short notice.”
Stephen Copeland, Director of Tempcon commented “We were delighted to be chosen by Riverside to supply the HOBO range of data loggers which are ideally suited to discreetly monitoring temperature and humidity.”
Riverside is one of the UK’s leading social housing and regeneration organisations owning or managing around 55,000 homes from Irvine to Ipswich, with around 2,600 staff and a turnover of £292 million.
The housing association has a track record of transforming lives and revitalising neighbourhoods dating back to 1928.
It provides sheltered and supported housing for elderly, homeless and vulnerable people, in addition to general needs affordable properties for rent and shared ownership.
Riverside forms part of the Homes for Britain coalition, which wants all political parties to commit to end the housing crisis within a generation. It’s calling for the government to publish a long-term plan within a year of taking office that sets out how they will achieve this.
For more information visit www.riverside.org.uk
Tempcon Instrumentation Ltd was established in 1980 and specialises in Instrumentation and sensors (probes) for Measuring, Controlling and Logging: temperature, humidity, pressure, voltage, current, energy (kWhs), wind speed/direction, soil temperature and most other parameters required for: process control, environmental research or quality control.