Researchers at Oxford Brookes University have been using Tinytag carbon dioxide data loggers as part of building performance evaluation and monitoring studies for both domestic and non-domestic, new build and refurbishment projects funded by government research councils. In a research project funded by the government and other bodies, the CO2 loggers have been used as a means of determining air quality in deep whole house retrofit projects.

Tinytag carbon dioxide data loggers are an accurate solution for monitoring CO2 levels in a wide range of buildings. In this project, the information recorded by the loggers is included with other environmental data, and the results are assessed to determine whether the overall energy system is working as intended.

For example, if the loggers show that CO2 levels are too high, it is an indication of poor air quality resulting from either poor maintenance or operation of mechanical ventilation systems. This type of result helps to detect problems in air quality and determine actual in-situ energy efficiency.

Rohini Cherian, Associate Researcher at the University commented, “We chose the Tinytags as they were one of the few solutions available that allows us to record CO2 levels over a period of time for later analysis. Their high memory capacity is an added advantage. It was also useful to have independent, non-intrusive CO2 loggers that were not tied to a wider system. The Tinytag Explorer software makes it very easy for us to interpret results.”

There is a growing awareness of the need to monitor carbon dioxide levels within buildings to help determine indoor air quality. Areas with poor ventilation can lead to a build-up in carbon dioxide levels which can cause reduced concentration levels in occupants and in some cases can lead to health problems.

Data from the CO2 logger is downloaded to a PC via a USB connection and viewed using the easy to use Tinytag Explorer software. Users are able to set a desired upper ppm (parts per million) concentration limit which will trigger a flashing red LED light if this level is reached. If required, data used together with that from Tinytag loggers monitoring other environmental parameters such as temperature and humidity, can help provide an integrated overview of building energy efficiency.

The standard CO2 logger is a 0-2000ppm version costing £350 (excl VAT) including mains adaptor, cable and software. For more specialised situations a
0-5000ppm version is also available.

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