Talking condensation, damp and mould at the NHMF
Switchee co-founder and managing director, Adam Fudakowski, attended this year’s National Housing Maintenance Forum conference, 24- 25th January 2017, a two-day event dedicated to housing maintenance which covers strategic issues and promotes best practice.
Other speakers included Peter Rickaby, director for Rickaby Thompson Associates, and Simon Jones, commercial director for the UK and Ireland for Aereco Ltd.
I took the opportunity to demonstrate how smart technology is at the forefront of damp and mould prevention. Equipped with sensors that measure the home environment, including temperature, pressure and humidity, Switchee allows landlords to remotely access previously unavailable data to reveal how a property functions.
In the session, I explained how technology providers and landlords are coming together to harness the Internet of Things to deliver services more efficiently, reduce repair costs and enhance the tenant experience.
With local authorities and housing associations facing budget cuts as a result of the one per cent rent reduction, it’s vital to be able to detect problems such as condensation, damp and mould as early as possible.
I believe the ultimate aim of IoT technology in social housing is to drive a shift from costly, time intensive reactive repairs to more proactive maintenance, in order to generate significant, long-term benefits for landlords and residents.
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