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Residential Damp Detection with Temperature and Humidity Urban Sensing

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Conference on Smart Infrastructure and Construction 2019 (ICSIC)
Subtitle of host publicationDriving data-informed decision-making
EditorsM DeJong, J Schooling, G Viggiani
Publisher or commissioning bodyThomas Telford (ICE Publishing)
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)9780727764669
DateAccepted/In press - 2019
DateE-pub ahead of print - 5 Jul 2019
DatePublished (current) - Jul 2019


Residential damp can be detected by measuring the temperature and relative humidity in a given space. With these values, one can infer the dew point, which is an accurate indicator for condensation. By installing sensor networks that can take these relevant measurements, urban sensing systems could be created that help tackle the problem of residential damp. This paper centres in on this concept. Potential urban sensing solutions relevant to damp are surveyed. Three existing initiatives were found as well as a variety of potential solutions, demonstrating the feasibility of such a network to be installed. A sensor - known as the ‘Frogbox’ – developed from an existing initiative is then deployed in a student residence over a two-week period. From the deployment, it was found that the average humidity was at 56%, which is above the recommended amount. Improvements to the Frogbox could be made by adding a real-time visualisation feature. Given findings from the review and case study, a conceptual urban sensing model for a university student population is then developed. This body of work can be seen as a pre-cursor to further research required in this field.



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