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First sessions running – are you next?

We’re extremely proud to say that our first set of engineers and group leaders have been trained, and we’re getting reports that they’re doing their first sessions! Temperature and Relative Humidity sensors have been dispatched, session materials have been distributed and our games for session two are being printed as I type. It’s difficult to […]

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Plotting in Excel

Here’s how to plot our thermal monitor data in Excel.

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Recruiting group members

We’ve had a request from a busy charity that has been paired with one of our Engineers without Borders volunteers. They’d like us to suggest words they can send out to help them recruit the members for their small group. Charity volunteers tend to be passionate and dedicated, but over-stretched, and it can be tricky […]

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How to run sessions

We’ve trained our first group leaders and engineers, and they are ready to run sessions. If you’re curious to see more detail of what the sessions contain, you can find the session schedules and supporting materials here: Materials – HeatHack We’re still finishing off some elements of it, but they’ll be done in time for […]

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A mid-price fix for TRVs

Thermostatic radiator valves cause all kinds of issues in community buildings – users disagree about the settings, wrench them on and off, and then they break. It doesn’t help that most people think that they higher they are set, the faster the space will heat up. That’s not true. They just either let the hot […]

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Off they go

The stock of thermal monitors has been growing, but now it’s time to send them out to those engineers in the first group who have a venue and group who want to improve the comfort and carbon footprint of their building. Not all the boxes look the same. Firstly, there are sensors – with the […]

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Programme Overview

We’ve had a lot of questions about the content of the training and of the four main sessions of the programme. This post will cover the training for Group Leaders and the four sessions themselves. Each of the four sessions will last two hours and you will be provided with detailed session plans describing how […]

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A game, sort of 

It’s important in our group sessions that everyone participates.  Games are a very common way to make activities more engaging and ensure this happens. For our second session, we’ve devised a sort of a game. There’s no winners and no losers, and no real sense of knowing how the group has done, but it has cards […]

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Sensor Accuracy

We use inexpensive DHT22 temperature and relative humidity sensors, so we don’t assume they are reliable. Instead we compare them with each other and with the most common off-the-shelf devices we see in use, Lascar EL-WIN-USB loggers. Our Lascars claim accuracy of 2.25%RH in the range 20-80% RH. Years back, we had some engineering students […]

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Maryhill seeks engineer

“We believe our faith needs to be lived out in our actions and so we are always looking for new ways to open our buildings to serve the community and welcome community groups. However, we are also conscious of our duty to care for the environment and so we are looking to discover how to […]