Case: Ikast Cooperative Housing Association
Since the residents at IABF acquired electronic heat cost allocators, humidity meters and Brunata WebMon, everything has become easier.
Over the last two years, electronic heat cost allocators have been installed at IABF, Ikast with allocation accounts being prepared by Brunata.
In addition, humidity meters have been installed in all flats to monitor and prevent damage caused by damp.
Several times a day, the meters transmit data to Brunata’s database server, where the IABF administration can monitor for instance unusual heating consumption and humidity levels via Brunata WebMon and Visual.
”The reason for purchasing electronic meters with remote reading from Brunata was to simplify things, and that has been achieved,” Works Manager Erik Nielsen concludes.
During the decision-making phase in Ikast, a DriveBy solution with remote reading of the meters was tested. However, the opportunity to monitor consumption and humidity status several times a day provided by BrunataNet AMR (automatic meter reading) was the decisive factor for IABF. Now the administration can easily and quickly log in with a personal password at any computer to get an overview of the meters and consumption in all flats right down to meter level.
The new installations have not just given the Ikast housing association an understanding of the heating consumption patterns in the buildings. As a result of the installation of Brunata’s Futura Hygro+, which registers atmospheric humidity, the administration can also monitor the humidity patterns in the properties. ”This has already now meant that we have been able to talk to a resident about how to avoid damage caused by damp,” Erik Nielsen explains.
”Of course it takes a while to see a return on the investment in implementing the meter solution, but this is a first step on the way, which so far has meant that we avoided having to repair damage caused by damp in a flat. It has also made the administrator’s job much easier,” Erik Nielsen adds.
Currently, many housing associations are experiencing increasing humidity problems resulting in mould fungus, for with increasing oil prices and greater environmental awareness, people have begun to turn the heating down and stop airing their rooms.
The problem is that damp is created and flourishes in the cooler flats, while at the same time the humidity resulting from hot baths and wet washing is kept within doors. Typically, repairing damage caused by damp in flats can cost up to DKK 300,000.
The humidity meter Hygro enables the residents to see for themselves. As standard, the meter is supplied with memory, which makes it possible to retrieve measuring data from the last two years.
The meters do not show what people do in their homes, but illustrate some interior climate patterns, which serve as a basis for assessing any damp problems. At the same me, the humidity meter can help indicate whether the damp problems are due to behaviour and habits or a structural building fault.
”All residents have welcomed the new meters, as they are regarded as a demonstration of care for both the properties and their residents. After all, we are only really able to deal with inappropriate patterns when we become aware of them,” Erik Nielsen says.