Some of the reasons to consider thermal imaging are:
- It is a quick and non-invasive form of inspection
- The results are visual and easily understood
- It can demonstrate compliance with specification
- It can enable sustainability credits in BREEAM
- Quickly resolve arguments with sub-contractors as to where faults are
- Demonstrate the effectiveness of heating and cooling systems
Excessive losses can occur through building fabric as a result of poor design, low-quality materials, poor workmanship, poor maintenance, or changes that have been made since construction. Often these losses will go unnoticed because the problem is hidden within the building fabric. A thermographic survey can be the best (or sometimes only practical) way of identifying the issue so it can be addressed and resolved.
Different materials have different emissivity, and this affects the reliability of readings. It is best to ensure you’re your thermographic survey is undertaken by a professional with the skills and knowledge to adapt the camera and software to suit the specific situation. This way you will obtain the most accurate information from the process.