Infrared Building Envelope Services That You Can Trust
Reducing operating costs, such as building maintenance expenses and heating and cooling bills, is a primary concern for managers of commercial, industrial, and institutional buildings. The only method proven successful for identifying energy losses is Infrared Thermal Imaging (ITI).
Infrared Thermal Imaging (ITI) can provide a visual representation of the surface temperatures of any part of a building, including windows, walls, roofs, doors, and any construction joint. Differences in surface temperatures (Delta-T) can often reveal conditions that may contribute to wasted energy, latent moisture, and significantly reduce operating costs.
Sources and Effects of Building Energy Losses
There are generally two ways for heat to escape from buildings – conduction and air leakage. Improper insulation, perhaps wet, missing, compressed, or poorly installed, can result in conduction losses. Other causes of conduction loss include thermal bridging of structural components, failure of door and window seals, damaged heating ducts, and leaking or failing pipes.
The other form of heat losses on a building envelope is air leakage or air infiltration/exfiltration. Air leakage can result in condensation buildup inside walls and roofs, and can lead to damage and decreased R-values. Rotted wood, corroded metal, and stained concrete will result. Without proper correction, dangerous fungal growth and mold can result from these critical problems. ITI Building Envelope Surveys allow the experts at Capital Infrared to:
- Locate areas where heat loss occurs and prioritize them
- Find frozen pipes, mold infestations or ice build up
- Locate anomalies such as moisture buildup and cracks through which cold air might be seeping through
The Bottom Line
Solid information guides smart repairs: Is the “guessing game” failing to stop your occupant complaints, ice dams, heat losses, and frozen pipes? These are caused by hidden aging, design, or construction problems that lead to moisture damage, uncomfortable occupancy, and increased heating costs.
Moisture in building insulation significantly reduces its insulating properties (R-Value): This means higher heating costs during the winter and higher cooling costs in the summer. As energy costs continue to climb, more building owners are using infrared surveys to identify substantial money saving opportunities.
Capital Infrared is a leading provider of building diagnostics and Infrared Thermal Imaging (ITI) Surveys throughout the greater Washington DC area. We have been performing ITI Building Envelope Surveys for over 10 years. All of our practices are in compliance with industry standards. Our clients rely on us to detect problems such as conductive heat loss, air infiltration/exfiltration on building envelopes, and latent moisture before initiating preventative maintenance. They know that such issues cannot be detected through visual or manual inspections. Through ITI Building Envelope Surveys, we see what you can’t.