Data acquisition that is actually useful for building modellers

asked 2020-03-03 08:37:33 -0500

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updated 2020-03-06 07:51:29 -0500

I am a beginner in building energy modelling, but am having a lot of fun learning. My wife and I recently acquired a very old farm house in Switzerland, and will be adding insulation to the roof and walls in the coming years. We would like to provide some useful data for this community, but are struggling to find what would be actually useful to measure. We currently measure temperature, relative humidity, and PM2.5, both inside and outside the house (see https://dorfsteig.ch/), and will soon be adding CO2 sensors.

My plan, based on no actual knowledge, was to bury temperature/RH sensors at various depths in the planned 160mm of wood or cork insulation. We have thick stone walls, and can only insulate inside, so moisture is a concern. Does this sound reasonable? Is there something we are missing that would be useful later on? Our plan is to make all data available, and do our own optimization of the planned PV system usage, but also to support students testing various energy models.

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