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Poor or inadequate insulation, moisture, building envelope leaks, and substandard work are costly to residential and commercial building owners. Sky's infrared camera can help you quickly see where energy efficiency can be improved. 

Building Diagnostics 

The infrared image shows insulation issues on a house facade causing severe energy losses.

Sky's FLIR cameras make it easy to improve energy efficiency and locate repairs with minimal disruption.

Our infrared cameras instantly show you what is wet and what is dry. IR cameras can help find the sources of trouble with minimal impact to people and buildings. FLIR infrared cameras are preferred by building experts for fast, reliable, accurate building diagnosis in the entire range of building problems.

 

Thermal Imaging for Energy Auditing & Home Inspection

Air Tightness and Thermal Imaging testing are important quality control measures when building or renovating a house. Heat losses in buildings can account for up to 50% of the total energy consumption and comes from air leakage through chimneys, attics, wall vents and badly sealed windows/doors, etc.

  

All new buildings must meet air tightness requirements of the Building Regulations. By reducing air leakage, you will obtain a better comfort in the building. The building can also be heated more efficiently to conserve energy and save money.

Detection and Visualization of Air Infiltration and Exfiltration

Adequate air exchange is essential for the occupants’ health and safety, but most buildings have a far higher rate of air exchange than is necessary. The root cause is often poor design and/or construction which allows air leakage from the inside of outside of the building, or the opposite. The leakage pathway is often complex and, without thermal imaging, extremely difficult to visualize. This also allows Sky's The Limit to quickly identify and repair the problem areas to stop the energy loss immediately.

Improved Energy Efficiency

To identify areas of energy waste infrared imaging has quickly become a valued tool in identifying problems related to energy loss, missing insulation, inefficient HVAC systems, radiant heating, water damage on roofs, and much more. A thermal imaging camera identifies patterns of heat loss that are invisible to the naked eye. Thermal imaging will quickly indicate the air leaks within a property and measurement data are easily compiled into a report.

Sky's The Limit's energy auditors are using leading-edge infrared technology from FLIR to perform energy auditing of homes and buildings to improve energy efficiency, thus leading to savings on energy costs.

Thermal Imaging for HVAC & Plumbing

A “whole building” approach is needed to maximize energy efficiency of a building or a home. Indoor environment can be compromised by poor insulation, poorly sealed windows and doors, inadequate or poorly sealed ductwork, plumbing leaks, or other plumbing issues relating to Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems.

Building Diagnostics

See the Big Picture

An infrared camera is a practical tool that helps building professionals see the big picture. With FLIR infrared cameras for builders, it is easy to scan an entire building and see the relation of HVAC system, building envelope, and plumbing issues.

And, with FLIR cameras, you get advanced features to help you see how, when, and where energy saving solutions can be implemented. From determining insulation effectiveness to diagnosing faulty ductwork

                                          An inspection of a ceiling heating system

                                      shows several hotspots.

 

 

 

 

 

Thermal Imaging for Moisture & Restoration

Whether you need to restore property from moisture, mold, or fire damage, you know the value of having comprehensive and accurate information at your fingertips. Insurance companies need information fast to start claims work.

Building Diagnostics

FLIR Thermal Cameras Simplify Your Work

From start to finish, Sky's FLIR infrared cameras can help you simplify your restoration and remediation jobs. Advanced features help us quickly scan large areas to assess what is restorable. An infrared camera helps us pinpoint water intrusion, find moisture beneath the surface, and document dryness with accuracy and confidence.

                   In this infrared image, the deteriorated areas of the roof

                               are clearly shown at the time of inspection.

 

 

 

 

 

Why are infrared cameras indispensable for building inspections ?

What is infrared thermography?

Thermography, also called thermal imaging, is the production of non-contact infrared or “heat” pictures from which temperature measurements can be made. Handheld or fix-mounted infrared cameras scan equipment or structures, then instantly convert the thermal images to pictures for monitoring or quantitative temperature analysis.

By detecting anomalies often invisible to the naked eye, thermography allows corrective action before costly system failures occur. Infrared thermography has evolved into one of the most valuable diagnostic tools for Predictive Maintenance and many other applications. It maximizes operations and safety in many industrial environments, but it also increases building efficiency.

It is the most economical way to discover construction failures and to communicate them.

Rising energy costs

Heating, ventilation, air conditioning costs have doubled over the last years and they will not drop spectacularly in the near future. Legislation pushes the implementation of energy-saving construction technology, materials and appliances for both residential and commercial buildings. Some European Union countries are busy clearing the details of the introduction of an “energy passport” (Germany) or “Home Condition Report” (UK). Relevant E-U directives are amended into national law packages and will be binding very soon. A passive house directive is likely to pass in 2012.

What has this to do with infrared thermography?

The major advantage of infrared cameras is that they image and measure entire surfaces and provide clear images that can be stored, sent and analyzed. There are infrared cameras on the market with special measurement features for building diagnostics which enable an easy detection of building anomalies that often result into energy losses. Such cameras eliminate costly inspection techniques that require labor, time and destructive probing. Finding and repairing faulted areas thanks to infrared thermography saves energy resources, time, money and last but not least, provides a rapid return of investment on the infrared camera.

Who is interested in a building substance assessment?

Building Owners

The building is an asset that is to be preserved or improved. Against this background, it is imperative to be able to assess and value the building substance thoroughly and quickly. Infrared building diagnostics caters to the private house owner as well as to investment companies owning huge real estate units and employing or outsourcing a huge facility management staff.

Clear infrared images of normally invisible diagnostic evidence carry invaluable information prior to far-reaching decision-making, ranging from the costly roofing or façade repair of a row house to major investment project decisions.

Insurance companies

Building inspection data gathered by an infrared camera provide convincing evidence in property damage settlements. In addition, regular inspection of the building and its facilities allows the insured party to obtain a substantial discount on the insurance contract.

Building contractors, experts and specialists

Planning, control, supervision and documentation of the works becomes an important issue as the building sector is faced with new materials, a growing set of building regulations, ever-shorter time frames to get the job done and, in some regions, lack of a skilled workforce. The infrared camera enables to clearly document repair, restoration, insulation or HVAC works. Thermal images show customers and clients the exact problem and prove them that the problem has been repaired correctly. This evidence adds value to the contractor’s skill and expertise. Moreover, to serve the above-mentioned groups, the infrared camera expands the range of services offered by building sector specialists.

Using a building applications infrared camera before every building valuation, transaction, or major HAVC repair maximizes value and minimizes costs.

What can be done with an infrared camera?

The camera can be applied inside as well as outside. Fields of application include any symptoms and signs marked by a temperature difference on a surface.

Here’s a list of concrete capacities according to field of application

Leak, humidity detection

 Floor heating thermography

 Heating thermography inspections

 Building envelope thermography

 Air tightness testing

 Door seal inspection

 Wall seal heat loss inspection

 Moisture thermography inspections

 Roof moisture thermography

 Dew point thermography inspection

Building valuing/ damage, repair inspections

 Due diligence thermography

 Covered openings search in walls

 Work documentation, quality control (before and after repair)

 Energy investigations

 Education

Classic maintenance AND building application

 HVAC system performance and repair

 Home electrical inspection

 Indoor environment inspection

 Pest control

 Distant heating system inspection

 Checking drying efficiency of walls, floors, ceilings

Benefits : infrared cameras pave the way to :

 reducing heating costs

 preserving and increasing the building substance

 supporting contractors in warranty claims

 checking repair quality

 detecting long-time construction damages

 detecting and preventing mold and decay

 preventing formation of condensation

 preventing humidity intrusion in building

 

About FLIR Systems and its building diagnostics product range

FLIR Systems is the world leader in the design and manufacturing of infrared

thermography cameras. The company has infrared cameras in use worldwide for

applications including predictive maintenance, research & development, nondestructive

testing, process monitoring and automation, building diagnostics and

many others. FLIR Systems has four manufacturing plants located in the USA

(Portland, Boston and Santa Barbara) and Stockholm, Sweden and operates direct

sales offices in Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, the US,

China, Japan and Australia. The company has over 1,300 infrared specialists, and

serves international markets through a network of 60 regional offices providing sales

and support functions.