is the use of an infrared imaging and measurement camera to view,
record and measure thermal energy emitted from an object. Thermal
energy, perceived as heat, is 'invisible' light due to its wavelength
(position within the electromagnetic spectrum between 3 and 50 micrometres)
is too long to be detected by the human eye.
with a temperature above Absolute Zero (- 273.16 degrees Centigrade),
emits thermal energy, even ice, so everything can be measured in
terms of the IR radiation it emits.
almost 40% of the UK's energy consumption arises from the way in
which our 25 million buildings are heated
and lit, it makes economic sense to reduce unnecessary heat loss,
both from a financial and environmental perspective. All
houses are now becoming subject to environmental scrutiny and thermal
audits, especially large ones, as shown
by the example below.
is now continually trying to improve efficiency and energy consumption
and therefore the applications of this thermal imaging diagnostic
tool are growing too.
most common uses include: heat loss surveys (from roofs etc), cavity
wall and damp inspections, underground heating pipe surveys, efficiency
of electrical appliances and plant, road & bridge surveys, pipeline
surveys, landfill site surveys (measuring build-up of methane gas)
and the identification and spread of underground fires.
the advent of The (EU) European Energy Performance of Buildings
Directive (EPBD), which will come into force in a phased manner
between 1 June 2007 and 4 January 2009, all (private and commercial)
buildings will require an Energy Performance Certificate to record
the building efficiency.
many of these measurement have to be, or are more efficiently, recorded
from the air, certain aerial photography companies, using highly
modified aircraft and special thermal imaging equipment, specialise
in this work, especially as conventional aerial photographs are
usually needed at the same time as geo-reference data to help interpret
findaerialphotography service is able to identify the most appropriate
to provide the specialist service you require.
contact Ron Bridle on Direct Dial 07789 871620
or e-mail via the Contact page.