Last call for data

Christos’ MSc project is underway, and the temperature, relative humidity, and utility use data is all in – or at least nearly.  We’re just waiting on borrowing one data cable to retrieve logs from some of the equipment.    We’ve taken new readings from four churches:

Tinytag logger
Tinytag logger
  • City of Edinburgh Methodist Church
  • Christ Church Morningside
  • Morningside United Church
  • Wardie Parish Church

Together with our previous readings from St John’s, and some that St Mary’s Dunblane have very kindly provided to us, it’s shaping up to an interesting set for analysis.  If you have been logging temperature and meter readings with an eye to understanding where your gas and electricity goes,  we can consider adding your data to the set.

We’ll be using the data  to try modelling these buildings in standard software, so that we can try to predict the effects of different kinds of infrastructure changes (insulation, secondary glazing, and the like).  One of the things for Christos to think about is where the standard models need improvement to be able to handle this kind of building stock, but we still expect to be able to say something useful from this exercise.  We also want to see if we can make sense of how to get the best thermal comfort from the heat that goes in,  although we didn’t have time to sample surface temperatures and draught speeds this time around.




Scientists in Congregations Scotland has just indicated that they will be awarding  City of Edinburgh Methodist Church and Christ Church Morningside around £10,000 for a Science of Church project .  The project will demonstrate that science and church do go together by establishing a “hackerspace” that will create and use devices that help churches understand their buildings.   The HeatHack website will have more details once we’ve completed grant negotiation.

In addition, the University of Edinburgh School of Informatics has asked us to put together a shopping list for £2000 of “Internet of Things” equipment – Raspberry Pis, Arduinos, cameras, and the like – that we can use to build environmental monitoring equipment, with the aim of including some of their students in Science of Church.  If you wish to be involved in choosing equipment or to host any of these activities, please get in touch.