Radio-Tech’s New Wireless Environmental Monitoring Range Measures Building Performance and Meets EST Standards
Wireless telemetry specialist Radio-Tech has developed a new and innovative wireless environmental monitoring system that measures energy efficiency and building performance and is specifically designed to meet standards specified by the Energy Savings Trust* (EST). Radio-Tech’s products have already been selected as the primary data collection system for both the EST’s Solid Wall Insulation field trials and the Technology Strategy Board’s (TSB) ‘Retrofit for the Future’ project.
Radio-Tech’s products measure building data through a range of wireless sensors positioned throughout a property. As the entire system is totally wireless it requires no field programming and can be installed with minimal disruption to occupants. Sensors monitor variables such as internal and external temperature and humidity, surface temperature, carbon dioxide levels, window and door openings, electricity, gas and water consumption. Through partnerships with industry-leading specialists, Radio-Tech can also offer heat flux, light and electrical power sensing equipment.
Sensors collect data from a range of sources and, using 434 MHz RF, report this information back at 5 minute intervals to a single, central Wi5 Data Hub. The Wi5 Data Hub can be located anywhere in the property and with a memory of 2GB can manage data from hundreds of sensors. Once data has been received, the Wi5 transmits this information back to Radio-Tech or client hosted servers for analysis; this can be uploaded periodically or as often as every minute. Collecting such environmental data can provide valuable information about building construction and performance that can affect the future of low impact building development in the UK.
The Government-backed TSB is currently spearheading an R&D project that will help evaluate building performance in an attempt to generate future low impact buildings with a reduced carbon footprint. Case study buildings will be evaluated to understand how building design and construction relates to energy and performance and the TSB has funding worth £8m available to businesses involved in the construction of these ‘green’ buildings. Environmental monitoring is an important part of future planning in the building and design sector and Radio-Tech products meet the criteria outlined by the Energy Savings Trust. Radio-Tech works in partnership with leading UK service providers to offer turn-key solutions that include calibration, installation and data collection. For more information about Radio-Tech’s new environmental monitoring range, please visit the company website at www.radio-tech.co.uk or call +44 (0)1279 635849.
*‘Evaluating Energy and Carbon Performance in the Retrofit for the Future Demonstrator Projects’ document found at www.innovateuk.org/_assets/pdf/competition-documents/est evaluating energy and carbon performance v1 0.pdf