Energy use and air quality: outPHit finalises new monitoring protocol


The outPHit team has released a new, simplified protocol to monitor the energy consumption, thermal comfort and air quality resulting from renovation measures. The approach is key to verifying the quality of renovation measures and will be used in outPHit’s retrofit case studies throughout Europe.

High quality deep retrofits not only reduce energy consumption to sustainable levels but also make for even surface temperatures, heightened thermal comfort and appreciably improved indoor air quality. The approach thus describes a pre and post retrofit monitoring process for energy relevant data as well as for indoor air quality including mould and airborne fungal spores.

The resulting standardised data collection, aided by standalone data loggers, ensures comparable results in the various case study projects of the outPHit project. This data will soon also be automatically fed into a central database, currently under development, to allow for near real time data acquisition that can help building designers understand whether the retrofitting measures are performing as planned.

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Photo: Petri dish, Uni Innsbruck

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