Infrared Inspections
Infrared Inspections

Whether you are a property owner, property manager, or real estate investor, infrared inspections from Building Diagnostics Group provide an invaluable component to your building diagnostics and preventative maintenance program. Our inspections are ideal during due diligence of property acquisitions and will provide advance warning of potential problems and system failures.

Building Diagnostics Group (BDG), founded in 2002, specializes in the non-destructive detection, investigation, and resolution of water intrusions on multi-family, commercial, industrial and institutional buildings. Our team’s expertise in infrared building science and water testing procedures enables us to identify the cause and origin of most building failures.

Our skilled team exclusively uses infrared camera equipment from FLIR, the world’s leader in infrared technology. This high-resolution specialty thermography equipment has made us one of the nation’s leaders in building science thermography.

Why Infrared Thermography?

Infrared thermography (IR) uses specialized 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 thermography is the only diagnostic tool that lets you instantly visualize faults due to thermal patterns, enabling you to maintain the reliability of electrical and mechanical systems and resolve issues before it is too late. Thermography also easily detects water penetrating a building envelope due to the thermal differences between wet building materials and the adjacent dry materials. 

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After inspection, the thermographer will interpret the infrared data and provide you with a comprehensive report. High-resolution digital images can be delivered as a traditional PDF report that outlines concerns found during the inspection and recommendations for proper repairs. They can also be uploaded to BDG’s cloud reporting platform to be viewed, annotated, measured and shared.

Case Study

Robert Scherer, President of BDG, presented and published a white paper on “Infrared Thermography for Exterior Cladding Systems” based on an inspection in Jacksonville, Florida, during which our highly specialized team 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. While 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 before closing the deal.

If you are concerned about the time it could take to complete an in-depth inspection, rest assured that BDG can quickly perform thorough and accurate surveys on large properties. We can, for example, evaluate 10 to 15 low-rise apartment buildings in just a few days on site.

If you require infrared inspections from Building Diagnostics Group, please call us at (888) 317-4568 or contact us online to tell us about your project.