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.
Tinytag Transit 2
temperature data 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 data
loggers and an Ultra 2 temp/RH data
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 were 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.