Introducing

Living Lab

Promoting the importance of environmental
conditions in the buildings that we live and
work in

Living lab for monitoring Indoor Air Quality

  • What is the living lab

  • Why Indoor Air Quality matters

  • The technology

  • How is environmental data collected and analysed?

  • Can I see the Living Lab in action?

  • How can I find out more about monitoring Indoor Air Quality?

What is the Living Lab?

Hosted by the Construction Scotland Innovation Centre (CSIC) in Hamilton, the Living Lab for monitoring Indoor Air Quality promotes the importance of environmental conditions in the buildings that we live and work in.

Combining a network of sensors with interactive feedback tools, the Living Lab demonstrates how IoT technology can be used to collect, analyse and display real-time data on the indoor environment. The Living Lab is designed to:

• Raise awareness of the health, environmental and economic benefits associated with good indoor air quality
• Showcase innovation in environmental monitoring, analytics and occupier engagement
• Trial new technologies in a live environment and disseminate learning outcomes across the private, public and academic sectors in Scotland and further afield.

Why indoor air quality matters?

The quality of the indoor environment has a proven impact on our health, wellbeing and performance. Ensuring a healthy environment improves the human experience in our homes, schools, hospitals and workplace as well as enabling buildings to be operated efficiently to reduce energy costs and emissions.

Upto 90% of our time can now be spent indoors

Around £2200 lost in productivity per employee, per year due to environment conditions

A survey of 1000 GB based office workers revealed that 32% would like more access to natural light

The Technology

 

The Living Lab features the interactive arbn well environmental monitoring system. The system was designed by Glasgow-based technology specialists arbnco with support from CSIC and the Energy Systems Research Unit at the University of Strathclyde.

 

combining cutting edge

Sensor Technology

with data analytics and and real time visualisation tools, the arbn well system is used to monitor particulates and pollutants, CO2 levels, thermal comfort, quality of light and acoustic comfort. 

How is environmental data collected and analysed?

 

Combining a network of sensors with interactive feedback tools, the system streams high quality data into a centralised platform accessed by a user portal. Analysis of the data informs how building performance can be optimised to create healthy, attractive and productive environments. 

 

Sensors A network of discrete sensors are deployed throughout the CSIC offices, conference areas and innovation factory monitoring air quality, thermal comfort and other environmental parameters

User-engagement – Staff and visitors to the innovation centre are invited to use an app to record feedback on the environment and then compare personal perception to actual sensor readings.  

Wireless Networks  Sensors are networked using a similar protocol to LoRa and a gateway which uses a 3G/4G connection to connect to the cloud-based platform. The network is independent of CSIC’s Wi-Fi and IT system. 

Platform– Advanced data analytics and realtime visualisation enable data to be distilled into meaningul information and reporting. 

Can I see the Living Lab in action?

 

The Construction Scotland Innovation Centre in Hamilton is a £2.5m facility created to support Scotland’s construction businesses innovate, collaborate and grow, featuring advanced manufacturing, robotics, digitisation and virtual reality technology and training and meeting spaces to facilitate collaboration and learning.

Visitors to the innovation centre can see the sensor network, record feedback and find out more about the technologies behind monitoring indoor air quality. Appointments can be arranged for individuals or groups.

How can I find out more about monitoring Indoor Air Quality?

For more information, news or blogs on Indoor Air Quality and environmental monitoring you can:

Visit arbnwell.com 

Sign up for our mailing list 

Contact arbnco’s building performance team