The development of instrumentation for the measurement of relative humidity within building microenvironments

P.H. Baker, G.H. Galbraith, C.H. Sanders, R.C. McLean

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Abstract

Epidemiological evidence suggests that the presence of biocontaminants within buildings, such as dust mites and microfungi, can have a detrimental effect on the well-being of occupants. As a result, considerable attention has been focussed over the past few years on the measurement of the environmental conditions within biocontaminant microenvironments, which may have a spatial scale of only a few millimeters. Until recently, the major restriction in this regard was the lack of a humidity sensor with the necessary spatial resolution. The recent availability of microchip-based sensors has removed this restriction. This paper reports on the development of a humidity measurement system for microenvironment investigations. It also describes the validation of the system through a series of laboratory experiments and the novel application of a dynamic heat and mass simulation model as a suitable means of interpreting measured data.
LanguageEnglish
Pages565-574
Number of pages9
JournalMeasurement
Volume39
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2006

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Keywords

  • humidity
  • humidity sensor
  • biocontaminants
  • microenvironments

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Baker, P.H. ; Galbraith, G.H. ; Sanders, C.H. ; McLean, R.C. / The development of instrumentation for the measurement of relative humidity within building microenvironments. In: Measurement. 2006 ; Vol. 39, No. 6. pp. 565-574.
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