With the dramatic increase in energy prices, many owners are becoming more concerned with the efficiency of their buildings. BDG can perform an energy audit that will identify heat loss and improper/inadequate insulation installation. Infrared thermography is an efficient tool to evaluate heat loss in a large building. Many residential and commercial builders are now using thermography to achieve HERS ratings on new homes and buildings.
A home efficiency survey can be used to verify problems caused by poor design, faulty workmanship, or material failure. This is the ideal inspection to conduct immediately after completion of construction while the home or building is still under warranty with your builder or developer. During this inspection, care must be given not only to insulation and infiltration issues, but also to the interactional relationships between the building envelope and the mechanical air distribution parts of the HVAC system. If these interactions are not balanced and in harmony, energy efficiency suffers, and so does the indoor air quality of the dwelling, causing excessive energy usage and potentially aggravating some health issues.
Infrared Thermography provides a unique opportunity to assess the energy efficiency of the normal residential structure and HVAC (heating, ventilating, and air conditioning) systems. Infrared scanning makes finding problem areas much easier. Combined with digital photography, it can greatly enhance the consumer’s understanding of just what the problem is and how to go about having it repaired. It also enhances the consumer’s ability to deal with the contractors that may be performing the repair work.
An infrared energy survey allows you to actually “see” energy loss patterns in your building. High-resolution thermal imaging equipment and our experience enable us to detect heat escaping around windows and doors, and even from the tops of buildings (the stack effect).
After our on-site inspection, our thermographer interprets the infrared data and provides you with a comprehensive report. The end result is a clear understanding of your building and exactly where heat loss is occurring. By correcting problems such as missing insulation and weatherization defects around doors and windows, energy costs can be greatly decreased.