“Low indoor temperatures are associated with poor health and excess winter morbidity. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that interior house temperatures should be maintained above 18 degrees.” 
"Habitability: housing is not adequate if it does not guarantee physical safety or provide adequate space, as well as protection against the cold, damp, heat, rain, wind, other threats to health and structural hazards."
 
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Everyday people are struggling with the cost of living. They have been forced into unhealthy and unworthy living situations unlike any in the modern era of New Zealand. The cost of living increases and life becomes harder for more people. Families have been forced into garages, uninsulated and often damp. 

I wanted to examine the garage at the residence I was living at in order to get a gauge of what these conditions might be like. I started by looking at wifi micro-controllers and temperature and humidity sensors online, I found a board on Adafruit.com suitable for my needs and cost effective, and also sensors which read with an accuracy of 0.5 °C and 5% Humidity. I have shown the data using Parametric Design concepts represented in a plug-in for Rhino3D called Grasshopper, Grasshopper enables precise control of data input, and in turn gives precise data output, enabling myself to create a series of objects representative of the conditions in my garage over a 24 hour period. 

The objects are a 1:1 ratio for degrees to millimetres on the Z axis and humidity to millimetres on the XY axis. each object represents an individual hour of the day, each hour is labelled with date, time, degrees, humidity and location.

 Using IoT allows me to show live conditions as well, so for this project I will monitor a live feed from the temperature and humidity sensors mounted at the exhibit and route that data to a lamp and a temperature and humidity gauge I will make and install at the exhibit. The gauge will light different coloured LEDs depending on live temperature and humidity readings. The W.H.O recommended standard for living. The humidity output will be based on the W.H.O recommendations on dampness and mould. 

I have made an accompanying lamp from the same Grasshopper patch used to create the temperature and humidity representations. The lamp is the light in the dark, it will only light up if the temperature is 18°C.

 

What you see down the side of this page are readings from the 15/08/2016 - 16/08/2016 

 

"The presence of mould and mites in a building is associated with the relative humidity of indoor air. As noted in section 2.2, mites require a relative humidity in excess of 45–50%. Therefore, to prevent the multiplication of dust mites in houses, the relative humidity during the heating season should be below this value." 3.3 Mould and mites as indicators of building performance 


The W.H.O also states that indoor temperatures should be kept above 18°C 

I have used open source programmes, code and io services throughout this project. Many thanks are given to the people and forums of Adafruit, and the creators of the MQTT protocol. 

 

 

 

 
 
 
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