An architectural practice uses the recorded data to assess its heating/ventilation methods and energy usage, and also as part of a separate research project monitoring conditions while refurbishing barn buildings.
Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios are an award-winning architectural
practice with experience in designing for education, housing, art,
master planning and urban design, as well as for the creative reuse
of historic buildings.
Transit 2 temperature loggers were used in the server/print
rooms within the Practice offices (situated within a Grade II
listed building) to determine peak internal temperatures. This was
predominantly to determine the success of different fresh
air/passive cooling methods and to see if use of air conditioning
plant could be avoided - which the results of the monitoring showed
it could not.
The data loggers were also used as part of a wider
sustainability audit of the premises to determine
heating/ventilation methods and energy usage.
In addition, FCB used two Transit 2 loggers and
an Ultra 2 temp/RH
logger as part of a practice-funded research project looking at
sustainable re-use options for redundant agricultural field barns
in the Yorkshire Dales. The aim was to insert a free-standing
'eco-pod' into a repaired barn, providing holiday accommodation,
conserving these historic structures while generating a source of
income to the rural economy. A prototype test-build 'pod' interior
was constructed, and data loggers installed to measure internal,
external temperatures and RH. This helped to help determine the
efficacy of thermal insulation specification and the
air-tightness/environmental performance of the new interior
Recorded data allows both a basic interpretation of peak
temperature and relative humidity levels, combined with a more
detailed interpretation in conjunction with M&E Engineering
Richard Collis, Partner of Practice and Architect/Conservation
Architect at FCB chose the Tinytags for their robustness and long
battery life - which allowed long-term recording on an unoccupied
project site - and for being inconspicuous. He comments, "They are
great pieces of kit that do exactly what they are meant to!"
The image shows the field barn 'pod' interior.