Post Occupancy Evaluations (PoE)
The Woodsense platform can also be used with other sensors than our wireless moisture sensor.
It is our mission to create monitoring solutions that help society incorporate more timber in construction. For that to happen, there are other challenges than those related to moisture, that need to be addressed.
Therefore, we have integrated a variety of other sensors into the platform so that the user can easily keep an eye on data from other sensors as well.
Issues related to acoustics
Some of the areas that can create issues are fire requirements and acoustics. Timber, as the light material it is, does not stop the sound and therefore solutions must be designed.
These solutions are tested by handover and decibels are registered. However, often it is not followed up on whether the building actually meets the requirements after it is put into use.
Therefore, an acoustic sensor can be useful to monitor the sound level in the building, to see if the design complies with the legal levels.
Issues related to water leakage
Moisture concerns are often related to water concerns such as water entering a basement, fear of rupturing pipes or that a washing machine will release water. These concerns can be overcome with a water leakage sensor that immediately sends an alarm when it comes into contact with water.
With such a sensor, we have detected water in a basement after a road worker drilled a hole through the road and down into the basement, which led to the sensors responding to abnormal fluctuations.
Issues related to indoor climate
The final critical point in relation to monitoring after the building is put into use, is that of indoor climate, to which sensors for both temperature, humidity, VOC and CO2.
With these sensors, it is easy to ensure a good indoor climate for the residents, as well as give the residents access to the necessary data, so that they can better ensure a good indoor climate themselves by fixing radiators, ventilation, etc.
Post Occupancy Evaluation in the future
To summarize, there are many areas where it is important to monitor after the building is taken into use.
Recently, the Post Occupancy Evaluation (PoE) has become more common to discuss and is expected to be built into future DGNB manuals.
PoE is a tool to keep an eye on the actual performance of the building after it has been put into use, rather than blindly relying on simulations and tests when transferring an empty building.
Sensor solutions are the perfect tools to automatically monitor the performance of the building.