A damp home isn’t just uncomfortable to live in – it can damage our health. During the early stages of the REPLICATE Project, Knowle West Media Centre worked with households, artists and technologists to create new technologies that could help us better understand the problem.
Prior to the REPLICATE Project, residents of Ashley, Easton and Lawrence Hill worked with artists and technologists from Knowle West Media Centre (KWMC) to explore how new technologies could help to tackle local issues identified by the community. In response to concerns about the number of damp homes, particularly in Easton, KWMC supported local people and technologists to create the Damp Busters initiative in 2016, during the first phase of the REPLICATE Project. Residents received training in identifying different types of damp and five homes tested a frog-shaped temperature and humidity sensor that was created especially for the pilot.
When it will be delivered:
The Damp Busters pilot ran from February to September 2016 and is now complete. You can read more about what happened in ‘The Bristol Approach in Action’ at www.issuu.com/knowlewestmedia. Experiences and learnings from the Damp Busters pilot have been really helpful to the team exploring Air Quality in Ashley, Easton and Lawrence Hill as they develop sensors and other technical tools. Find out more here.
Where it will be delivered:
Homes in Easton tested the frog-shaped damp sensors, and Knowle West Media Centre worked with organisations in Easton and Lawrence Hill to run a series of making workshops and ‘damp busting’ training sessions.
Opportunities to get involved:
The Damp Busters pilot is now complete. If you have problems in your property, such as damp, you can visit Bristol City Council’s website to see if they can help. The Centre for Sustainable Energy also offers advice about a range of topics including energy efficiency and condensation, damp and mould.