Damp Social Housing, a Nightmare for Tenants and Landlords!

Damp social housing

The Damp “Stats” and Why You Should Read On

  • Nearly 11,000 tenants have claimed compensation for damp, leaks, and damage in their council homes.
  • Local authorities in England have paid out more than £35m in compensation and legal fees.
  • The latest local government budget data shows £1.7bn a year earmarked for maintaining and repairing council properties.

Source courtesy of BBC, details here

Damp Social Housing – How can the Internet of Things help?

Although the numbers are scarily big, actually it is a small percentage of the total social housing stock that has these damp problems. That in itself creates problems for the housing managers as they have to identify the problem housing units, and deal with them before it gets serious enough to cause a complaint and an expensive repair!

Using the latest IoT monitoring products the housing manager can get a cost-effective system that not only monitors all “at-risk” properties but provides an early warning system. So they can devote their maintenance crews’ attention to problems before they have become noticeable or serious enough to threaten the tenants’ health or damage the structure of the property.

The Solution

LoRa Wireless - Minimalistic Sensor
Minimalistic Sensor

The Nano ULTRA-Matrix+ provides a low-cost, real-time, evidence-based remote social housing monitoring solutions on environmental conditions in Social Housing. Real 24/7 measurement data from the Nano ULTRA-Matix+ becomes a complementary educational tool to help tenants alter lifestyles and enhance living conditions

Deploying the Nano ULTRA-Matix+ remote environmental sensor has never been quicker and easier. Nano ULTRA-Matix+ is a self-contained, battery-powered temperature and humidity sensor that seamlessly communicates its values to the CDL SmartHub.

As soon as the sensor is switched on it will start to transmit the measurements via GSM at a pre-defined rate to the CDL SmartHub. All communication is via the cellular network which eliminates any need to access any Wifi network and any associated security issues.

Find out more and read the Nano ULTRA-Matrix+ »

How Does the Internet of Things Work for Damp Housing?

A cost-effective smartphone-sized device, with a 5-year battery life, that can be permanently & unobtrusively installed and will continuously monitor actual temperature & humidity conditions, dew point, and wood moisture equivalent in the building structure, and send that data seamlessly and securely once a day to the cloud. In addition, any measurements that fall outside of acceptable levels will be reported immediately (if required).

Live Remote Asset Monitoring Social Housing
Through the CDLSmartHub you can manage, monitor, and visualise your data in a way that suits you, whether that’s in dashboard KPI, graph, or global map view.


CDL SmartHub
A SmartHub™ portal that identifies properties at risk, using 3D building graphics, and mapping technology, that interacts automatically with the data from the sensors above. You adjust your own configuration settings online, to identify properties outside your norms that need attention
predictive algorithms for damp
Predictive algorithms identify how long before mould formation and damage to structure could occur. So your maintenance/repair crews can focus on prevention, not just reinstatement!

Damp Social Housing – What are the IoT benefits?

  • Fewer tenant health issues
  • Higher Tenant satisfaction
  • Reduced claims for compensation and associated legal costs
  • Lower building maintenance costs through prevention rather than reinstatement
  • Greater operational efficiency/lower costs
  • Improved visibility & communications
  • Audit trails & evidence-based decision making.


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