Housing sensing: new technologies to fight energy poverty and its effects on people’s health

In 2017 we started a project of social housing sensing driven by the Third Sector Table in collaboration with CELLNEX Telecom and together with Family and Social Welfare Foundation i Habitat3

The objectives of the project were, and continue to be, to obtain data that allow us to provide analysis and solutions to a topic as sensitive as complex as the energy poverty [1] .

In a first phase, CO levels were sensitized 2 , temperature i of moisture of a total of 6 homes, in real time and individually for each home.

In early 2019, the housing stock was expanded to 50, of which 20 are managed by the Social Housing Foundation. The Foundation chose the homes trying to be representative of the wide and diverse range of its park (location, size, enclosures, general conditions of the property …)

With sensing, the Foundation can provide individualized answers and improvements to each problem, home and family. That is why when we detect data that does not meet health and comfort standards, we take action:

The Institute for Energy Diversification and Saving, indicates as recommended temperatures inside the house those of 20-21ºC during the day, and 15-17ºC at night. Pediatricians recommend that the home temperature for a baby range from 22º-24ºC during the day to 18º-20ºC at night.

First action: an architect or technician from the heritage area visits the home to see if there is any damage or incident that affects the comfort (eg: broken window, heating or broken air conditioning …). If it is found, it is repaired and improved immediately. In this way it also contributes to a good use of resources and energy savings, which is certainly reflected in the bill.

Second action: the referring social educator of the family arranges a visit to assess with them the situation and their personal perception regarding the air conditioning. The educator will also detect whether it is necessary to reinforce advice on the importance of having good air conditioning on the floor, whether training is needed on the use of the resources they have available (heaters, air conditioning, ventilation), or other measures are needed.

Third action: punctually we may find that the family says they cannot pay the bill. In these cases, we begin the necessary procedures with Caritas or Social Services to help the family pay the bills. These cases are a very low percentage, then

The aim of the F. Foundation for Social Housing is to sensitize 40 new homes each year with the aim of minimizing the impact of energy poverty on the families served by the Foundation.

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