Building Diagnostics Group will put its expertise in infrared inspections to work for you in Fairfax, VA, to uncover the sources, not just the symptoms, of water intrusion into your buildings.
Building Diagnostics Group (BDG), founded in Atlanta in 2002, is a multifaceted consulting firm that specializes in the non-destructive detection, investigation, and resolution of water intrusions on multi-family, commercial, industrial and institutional buildings throughout the nation.
Robert Scherer, President of BDG, is certified in Advanced Building Diagnostics and is an ITC Certified Level III Thermographer with more than 15 years of thermography experience in a wide range of applications.
Causes of Water Intrusion
Moisture intrusion is a common cause of building defects and health ailments for its occupants. The primary causes are:
- Rainwater/groundwater intrusion: In both temperate and hot, humid climates, rainwater leaks and groundwater infiltration are major sources of building moisture and mold-related problems.
- Intrusion of moisture-laden air from outside: Humid air from outside can be introduced into building cavities by wind and through HVAC systems.
- Water vapor diffusion: Differential vapor pressure between the interior and exterior of a building can cause water vapor to diffuse through the building envelope. This is often a significant problem in cold climates.
We perform field-testing procedures to assess the performance of installed windows, doors, storefront, curtain walls, sloped glazing systems, skylights, ribbon windows, and exterior building facades for new construction quality assurance and diagnostic services to determine the cause of water intrusions.
Whether hired directly or as part of an engineering team, BDG’s highly trained professionals provide the highest quality infrared and digital imagery in the industry. Our specialties include:
- Exterior building inspections
- Commercial roof surveys
- Interior building inspections
- Cell Fill (CMU) evaluations
- EIFS inspections
- Electrical inspections
- Energy audits
Why Infrared Thermography?
Infrared thermography (IR) uses specialized thermography cameras 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. Unlike visible light, in the infrared world, everything with a temperature above absolute zero emits heat.
IR can easily detect water penetrating a building envelope and is the only diagnostic tool that enables you to instantly identify abnormally warm or cool areas that indicate moisture intrusion, insulation deficiencies, and other energy losses.
BDG uses only high-resolution FLIR SYSTEMS thermography equipment and several different camera systems, including a Zenmuse XT 640×512 resolution radiometric infrared camera, each for a specific use and calibrated for specific targets.
Upon completion of our inspection of your property, BDG will deliver a comprehensive narrative report of our findings with deficiencies identified, photos of the deficiencies to provide visual evidence of the building’s condition that can be viewed in digital or hard-copy format, and recommendations for replacement and repair.
Protect your property and your long-term investment with infrared inspections from Building Diagnostics Group. We provide services in Fairfax, VA and throughout the United States. Call us at (888) 317-4568 or contact us online to request a free project quote.