Heat loss surveys of commercial or residential buildings provide essential information on specific points of energy inefficiency.
Thermographic surveys are a non-invasive and non-destructive method of identifying faults with buildings. Thermal imaging is ideal for undertaking a heat loss survey of a property or building. When the thermal images are interpreted accurately the results of thermographic building assessments can be used to prioritise remedial work and optimise restoration projects. Both internal and external images are taken to inform our reports. External images are taken when the heating is off, and then we watch as the property warms up to normal heating conditions; this helps us monitor change highlight any areas of heat loss, structural defects, air leakage and thermal bridging to the building fabric. Surveys are conducted at suitable times of day or night (but are definitely best undertaken before sunrise) to ensure that the solar effects are minimised, and to help with attaining the best possible temperature difference between internal and external environment.
What can thermal imaging detect during a heat loss survey?
All our thermal imaging heat loss surveys are undertaken with the intention of inspecting and highlighting areas of the property showing signs of:
Thermal bridging occurs where the building structure is not sufficiently insulated to prevent heat being conducted to the external surface of the property. This can lead to condensation and mould growth within the property along with wasting energy.
Air Leakage Air leakage can occur where paths are available for air within the property to escape the building and thus cause energy wastage. Discontinuous Insulation Discontinuous or missing insulation within a property can cause heat to be lost from a building. This can lead to condensation and mould growth within the property along with wasting energy.
Water ingress within a property can lead to significant damage to the structure and also result in energy loss through damaging insulation. Air Infiltration Air infiltration (draughts) within a building can cause significant energy loss. Structural Defects Buildings over a period of time are subject to movement and degradation of materials which can result in thermal anomalies.
Air infiltration (draughts) within a building can cause significant energy loss. Structural Defects Buildings over a period of time are subject to movement and degradation of materials which can result in thermal anomalies.
Structural Defects can occur over a period of time are often caused by building movement, vibration, and degradation of materials which can result in thermal anomalies.
Our team of IICRC & FLIR Level 2 Qualified engineers are ready to attend and undertake heat loss surveying to all commercial and residential property types. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 0845 003 5394.