Technology House Sytytin in Rauma was inaugurated in 2011. In this House there is a unique, full-scale hot and cold-water supply system for research purposes. It is made of copper and PEX tubes. There is a short composite tube line for cold water in the cellar of the building.
This research system is part of the building’s own water system. It is the corner stone of WANDER research projects. The municipality of Rauma has welcomed the project warmly and supported it economically.
From spring 2012 to spring 2015 there was a pilot scale, trial water supply system in WANDER laboratory. The pilot system was moved to Rauma Maritime School later.
Water supply for Sytytin comes from Rauma Waterworks. Raw water comes from surface waters. Raw water is purified chemically at Rauma Waterworks (vertical clarification, flotation, disinfection).
Interactions between water and different materials are studied in the research network, as well as how to guarantee the water system safety in buildings in future and lengthen their operational life. Water samples are studied to determine the quality of both cold and hot water (physical, chemical, and microbiological variables). Tube collectors are examined to establish how biofilms or different surface materials react.
In this network it is possible to study online and remote measuring technology and test products in a real Living Lab environment.
The research network was designed and installed in accordance with legislation and current building practices. It forms an exceptional research entity with tube collectors, sampling tap, and non-stop remotely readable water meters. Cooperation was close with the project planner and builder during the construction period from August 2009 to March 2011. Water systems were designed by Elomatic LTD, and tube collectors by Savonia UAS. Tube collectors and the whole system were installed by YIT Ltd. Water research network has been in use since 4 April 2011.