Thermal Imaging Camera

Infrared Imaging can be a very effective, non intrusive building diagnostic procedure when used professionally for appropriate applications. There are many applications, and recent restrictions on working at height and ever increasing demands for carbon foot print reduction has increased the demand for this service.

How Infrared Imaging Works

The outer skin of any object absorbs thermal energy from its surroundings. A building obtains thermal energy from the sun, atmosphere, and human activity. This energy is emitted as thermal radiation which can be measured by an Infrared Imaging camera. If the specific properties of a material are known an Infrared Camera can give very accurate temperature measurements across its surface. In the context of dwellings, buildings and civil engineering, professionals use Infrared imaging to observe spatial temperature variation i.e. patterns. This enables them to identify conditions or events they wish to eliminate, isolate or confirm. Uses of thermal imaging systems:

  • Identify structural defects that create thermal bridges so that these sources of thermal discomfort and condensation problems can be removed or managed

  • The system can also be used to ensure building fabric has dried following flooding, And to identify areas that have been contaminated with hygroscopic elements

  • It can be used to identify and isolate roof defects to allow effective repairs and avoid expensive early replacement of roof elements.

  • Pinpoint areas that need repair e.g. concrete delamination and therefore reduce man-hours spent on preventive maintenance and defect identification.

  • Evaluate and verify repair work which ultimately gives peace of mind for repairer and their customer