A couple of groups have asked about how to check whether they have insulation and specifically about thermal imaging. We’re happy to receive improvements to what we’ve told them.
What kind of engineer?
In our programme, we pair volunteer engineers with community groups to understand what a net zero future holds for their venues. Groups who are interested often ask us, “What is an engineer exactly, and who counts?” You might find the answer surprising.
Thermal imaging – is it useful?
Thermal imaging produces pretty pictures, but is it useful? We once set a masters student to answer that very question.
An interesting heating control story
Here’s an existing heating control problem in a set of halls – one thing our engineers help communities think about during our programme.
An electricity puzzle
One of our venues has very high electricity use at night, and we’re wondering why.
Not-in-time heating is a very common pattern in community buildings. We describe some common reasons for it.
Here’s an interesting fact – between 1980 and 2013, it was illegal in the UK to heat public spaces to above 19C unless there was a specific reason. We’re currently looking at why one of our monitors often sees 30C.
Plotting in Excel
Here’s how to plot our thermal monitor data in Excel.
The site survey
We’re currently working on writing up the materials that groups will use during their sessions. Each week, there are some concepts to think about and some kind of practical activity. Some of the activities have the groups conduct a simplified site survey that will help them understand their heating systems and understand what professionals need […]