Infrared thermography is a powerful tool for fast and accurate building diagnostics. Building Diagnostics Group performs infrared exterior building inspections in Durham, North Carolina that can identify abnormalities which may otherwise go undetected before they turn in to widespread damages and potentially costly failures.
Building Diagnostics Group (BDG) is a multifaceted consulting firm based in Atlanta, Georgia, with extensive experience in the non-destructive detection, investigation, and resolution of water intrusions.
Robert Scherer, President of BDG, is certified in Advanced Building Diagnostics, is a ITC Certified Level III Thermographer, and offers over 25 years of residential and commercial construction experience. He is a pioneer in the field of moisture intrusion and building defect investigations with the use of infrared thermography.
Infrared Thermography (IR)
Infrared thermography (IR) is the use of specialized equipment to measure the thermal energy emitted from an object. Thermal energy is light that is not visible because its wavelength is too long to be detected by the human eye.
Infrared (IR) cameras, also called thermographic scanners and thermal imaging devices, measure the intensity of thermal energy being emitted by the object it is aimed at. The ability to see temperature differences can instantly detect whether water has penetrated a building envelope and provide the evidence you need to undertake repairs before a problem gets out of hand.
Infrared cameras produce images of raw data, and proper interpretation requires training and years of experience. High-resolution camera systems can detect even the slightest thermal patterns, but low resolution or low-cost cameras are less sensitive. Before you choose a thermographer, check their credentials and ensure they have the proper equipment and expertise to perform your inspection.
BDG evaluates the condition of exterior cladding systems by using infrared thermography to map areas of moisture entrapment and delimitation caused by environmental stress.
We can identify potential hidden defects in many different cladding systems, from single coat stucco systems, to Exterior Insulation Finish Systems (EIFS), to siding. We are often the first to identify signs of a potentially larger problem because water intrusion from the building exterior can take years to show up on the interior, at which point extensive damage has already been done.
BDG’s field consultants are properly trained and knowledgeable in all industry standards and testing protocols from the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) and the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM).
We employ high-resolution FLIR thermography equipment (the world’s leading infrared technology) and different camera systems, including a Zenmuse XT 640×512 resolution radiometric infrared camera, that are each calibrated for specific uses and specific targets in order to provide clients with the most accurate results.
Building Diagnostics Group is an industry leader in exterior infrared building inspections, in Durham, North Carolina and throughout the nation, for construction, commercial, industrial and residential applications. Get in touch with us at (888) 317-4568 for a quote or additional information.