Exterior building inspections from Building Diagnostics Group can find problem areas within any structure and provide clients in Jacksonville, Florida and throughout the nation with information about the structural integrity of buildings they own or intend to invest in.
Building Diagnostics Group (BDG) is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. Our expertise in thermal infrared imagery, or infrared thermography, as well as infrared building science and water testing procedures, are invaluable to architects, property developers, insurance companies and others.
About Infrared Thermography (IR)
Infrared thermography (IR) is the use of specialized equipment (infrared cameras, also known as thermal imaging devices) 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.
Due to the temperature differences between wet building materials and adjacent dry materials, infrared thermography is the only diagnostic tool that instantly detects whether water has penetrated a building envelope.
Why Choose BDG
Credentials and experience are extremely important considerations when selecting a building inspection company. The more surveys conducted, the more likely an inspector will know what to look for and be able to detect small defects that warn of future problems.
Robert Scherer, President of BDG, has over 25 years of residential and commercial construction experience. In 2000, he discovered the potential of infrared thermography in the building construction industry and purchased his first infrared camera, the first in southwest Florida.
Robert became a pioneer in the field of moisture intrusion and building defect investigations with the use of infrared thermography. He is a Certified Indoor Environmentalist, Certified Mold Inspector, an ITC Certified Level III Thermographer with over 15 years of thermography experience and is certified in Advanced Building Diagnostics.
Utilizing only high-resolution FLIR SYSTEMS thermography equipment, the highest-quality infrared equipment in the industry, and several camera systems designed for different uses, the highly trained BDG team provides the most comprehensive non-destructive building investigations available today.
Robert Scherer presented and published a white paper on “Infrared Thermography for Exterior Cladding Systems” based on an inspection in Jacksonville, Florida, during which BDG’s highly specialized technicians discovered more than $1.8 million dollars in hidden sheathing damage in 18 of 25 multi-family apartment buildings.
The apartment complex had recently undergone a complete exterior paint and sealant renovation and appeared to be in above average condition. Although the renovations made the buildings appear new, our inspection found that this was not the case. Our final report gave our client, the prospective buyer of the complex, the ability to successfully negotiate repairs prior to closing the deal.
It is important to keep in mind that water intrusion damage does not only occur in older buildings. Hidden deficiencies can often be found in newer properties, such as unfinished roofing membranes; missing flashing or counterflashing; installation of the wrong HVAC equipment; improperly attached or insulated pipes; improperly installed electrical outlets and switches; and reversed or leaking plumbing fixtures, among others.
If your due diligence process calls for thorough and cost-effective exterior building inspections in Jacksonville, Florida, contact Building Diagnostics Group at (888) 317-4568 to discuss your needs.