The Open Source Building Science Sensors (OSBSS) Project is developing and documenting protocols for designing and constructing a network of inexpensive, open source, and synchronized devices based on the Arduino platform for measuring and recording long-term indoor environmental and building operational data – collectively termed building science measurements – that are likely to influence microbial diversity, community structure, or abundance in indoor environments. The development, calibration, and performance of the sensor network is being documented in its entirety and made available freely here online for other researchers to incorporate in both ongoing and future investigations of the microbiology of the built environment. The OSBSS network of devices is intended to allow for more flexibility in synchronizing a large number of measurements with high spatial and temporal resolution in a more cost effective manner for future projects that explore microbial ecology in indoor environments.


The Open Source Building Science Sensors (OSBSS) Project is funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation through their program on the Microbiology of the Built Environment.


OSBSS is also affiliated with the ACE College of Engineering Program for Undergraduate Research in Engineering.