What is infrared?
Infrared or infrared thermography (IR) is the science of infrared imaging. Thermographic cameras detect radiation in the infrared range of the electromagnetic spectrum. Since infrared radiation is emitted by all objects based on their temperatures, thermography makes it possible to “see” one’s environment with or without visible illumination. The amount of radiation emitted by an object increases with temperature; therefore thermography allows one to see variations in temperature.
What is Building Science Thermography?
Building Science Thermography is the knowledge and understanding about building construction, building design concepts, and an awareness of heat transfer and air flow thru buildings and building materials. 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 environments, but it also increases building efficiency. It is the most economical way to discover construction failures and to visually communicate them.
Infrared thermography for building science applications is the most advanced non-destructive testing/inspection application for building inspection services. It can detect building defects beyond the visible inspection identifying potential problems that can cost thousands of dollars to repair.
Are all infrared cameras equal?
NO – do not be misled. Infrared cameras vary tremendously as far as their ability to detect temperature differentials. Similar to the mega-pixels on a digital camera; there are many levels of “resolution”. Consider the difference between the first generation of digital cameras. Many of them were only capable of less than 1 mega-pixel of resolution (image size). Many high-end digital cameras these days are capable of over 12 mega-pixel images. Compared to an infrared camera; lower end cameras have less resolution and cannot detect building defects like the high-resolution cameras that BDG uses. Our cameras are capable of detecting temperatures of less than ½ degree F. which will allow us to detect even the slightest anomaly present.
What about experience?
Experience is just as important as the camera quality. Infrared thermography is the ability to capture “raw” data of the radiation emitted from an object. These images must be properly interpreted to identify potential building faults. Robert, the president of Building Diagnostics Group (BDG) has been called upon many times as an expert witness in litigation cases and has offered an expert opinion in over 50 cases over the last 12 years. You wouldn’t want your medical records interpreted by your dentist, would you? Don’t let just anyone diagnose your building. BDG has the experience, equipment and the knowledge to handle all of your projects.
What is the cost of your service?
Cost associated with our service varies depending on the size of the project and the location. We are accustomed to travel and can usually take on any project with a few days notice. The majority of our work is acquisition related so we understand that time is of the essence. We have found millions of dollars of hidden defects over the last 12 years. Typically in a due diligence/acquisition project we find defects that allow our clients to negotiate repairs or retain credits prior to closing saving them hundreds of thousands of dollars in repairs. Our service doesn’t cost – it pays. Contact us today to discuss your project.
Can you find where the water is coming into our building?
Using the combination of infrared thermography and our water testing equipment we can recreate simulated rain events and track most sources of water. The key to identifying the exact point of entry is a systematic approach to water testing. We have completed hundreds of water testing projects throughout the United States; from single family residences, multi-family apartment homes, to 36 story high-rise condominiums. Our equipment is designed to travel and can be transported on most airlines.
Do you offer first responder services?
Yes – A first responder is typically someone who arrives to a hurricane, flood, tornado, or simply a plumbing break. Using infrared thermography, we can identify and document the actual damage (hidden or visible) for accurate insurance claims. It is very important to capture this extent of damage accurately. Weeks after the event it may be difficult to identify all of the areas affected by the covered loss. This can lead to potential indoor air quality issues as well as hidden structural damage.
Do you offer indoor air quality services?
Yes – We offer only testing and consulting services. BDG does NOT perform any remediation services. You should always have a third party evaluate and provide a written repair procedure (remediation protocol) to ensure that the remediation company is not trying to rebuild the entire structure. Our testing services include; mold testing (DNA), Coliform/bacteria (black/grey water contamination), and the new EPA DNA ERMI testing. We specialize in complete project oversight; from the initial loss event (cause of damage) to final clearance testing. Our project consultants are all properly trained and certified to handle any size project. We carry professional liability insurance as well, so our reports are insured.
Do you offer preventative services?
Yes – one of the greatest uses of infrared thermography is developing a baseline file of a property. This is great for future insurance claims, annual repair budgets, and peace of mind. During our first visit to a new property we document all elevations, equipment, and roof systems, then we generate an electronic file of the report. Each year we compare the new report to the previous year and use the information to identify defects before they become costly repairs. This is very common in electrical PdM services as all electrical heats up before it fails. The same is true with building materials; we can identify minor failures prior to substantial damage.
Do you offer expert services?
Yes – Building inspection data gathered by an infrared camera provides convincing evidence in property damage settlements. It provides irrefutable evidence that can be used to demonstrate historical and active water damage. We perform these services nationwide, and have conducted over 50 investigations on the east coast of Florida documenting damage related to the 2004/2005 hurricane season. One of our clients said it best “it brings the building to the jury”. Please contact us to discuss your case.
What does the “Group” in your company name refer to?
The word “group” in our name means that we willingly acknowledge that we are not experts in all aspects of our field. Our specialty and expertise is in infrared building science and water testing procedures to identify the cause and origin of most building failures. Due to the nature of some of our projects we often require professional engineering services, architectural services, and/or certified industry hygienists to partner with us to provide the highest level of service and proper care to the project. We do NOT subcontract any of our work, but rather, offer the services of our “group” to work jointly on the project at hand. We have working relationships with many firms and consultants throughout the United States.