Results - Indoor environment in the HomeSmart Home

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Temperatures 

The HomeSmart Home was warm and healthy in winter with an average 19°C in the living room, and 18°C in the bedroom, meeting Beacon’s HSS High Standard of Sustainability® benchmarks of 18°C in living rooms in evenings and 16°C in bedrooms overnight.  However, the average daily temperature in winter was higher in the bedroom than the living room.  This is unusual in New Zealand homes, as generally living areas are more likely to be heated and is likely to be because the upstairs bedrooms both receive more winter sun, and because the stack effect means that heat rises.

However, in summer,  the home tended to be too hot, with temperatures above 25°C common.

 

Humidity

The humidity levels in the home averaged 62% in the living room and bedroom, meeting Beacon’s HSS High Standard of Sustainability® benchmarks of between 40-70%. 

The living room had consistently higher humidity than the bedroom in both winter and summer.  This can be partly explained by the higher temperatures found in the bedroom during winter (warmer air can hold more moisture and thus has lower relative humidity).  However, the other contributing factor was that the rangehood was not externally vented, increasing moisture levels in the adjacent living area.    

 


Range hood

Rangehoods should be externally vented