Thermal Imaging 101

Now that we are designing such high performance buildings we are looking for ways to ensure that the buildings really do perform well from an energy standpoint. To help meet these needs, SHP purchased a thermal imaging camera a few months ago. To bring us up to speed on how to best use this new technology, a representative from the camera’s manufacturer, FLIR, came in to give us some training yesterday. Knowing only the basics about thermography before this training, I was amazed at the ways that our thermal imaging camera can help us diagnose building problems. In addition to helping show problems with the thermal envelope of the building (where too much heat is being gained or lost), we can also use the camera to identify infiltration issues and moisture problems. The possibilities seem endless! Our engineering group is going to have a lot of fun getting the hang of using this new tool.

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