Damp Social Housing, a Nightmare for Tenants and Landlords!

The Damp “Stats” and Why You Should Read On

Damp social housing

Effects of damp: not just on building but tennants health!

  • 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.

NanoATOMThe Solution

The NanoATOM provides a low cost, real time, evidence based remote solution for monitoring of environmental conditions in Social Housing. Real 24/7 measurement data from the NanoATOM becomes a complementary educational tool to help tenants alter lifestyle and enhance living conditions

Deploying the NanoATOM remote environmental sensor has never been quicker and easier. The NanoATOM is a self con-tained, 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 asso-ciated security issues.

Find out more and read the NanoATOM Product Spec »

How Does the Internet of Things Work for Damp Housing?

Discreet IOT moisture monitor

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).

CDL SmartHub

A SmartHub™ portal that identifies properties at risk, using 3D buidling graphics, and mapping technology, that interacts automatically with the data from the sensors above. You adjust your own configuration settings on-line, 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 maintenace/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.

Damp Social Housing – What does an IoT solution cost?

Obviously dependant on volume and location, and whether you want to purchase outright or spread the cost monthly but the costs can be as little as £120 per monitor to purchase with an ongoing data/SmartHub fee, or as little as £4 / month / monitor over a 3-5 year contract.

To discuss options contact Paul Sanders

Posted by Jon Penn

Jon Penn, Director@CDL, regularly writes for the blog. .