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What is a commercial thermographic survey?

If you are a commercial or private landlord, estate agent, local authority, builder, developer, or architect, then you know how important it is to keep your buildings in excellent condition. Unfortunately, many building owners and portfolio managers fail to carry out sufficient maintenance to protect their assets from degradation. That’s where can help with a thermographic survey.

A commercial thermographic survey is an assessment of a building’s thermal performance. It can be used to identify areas where heat is being lost, or where there are potential draughts or air leakage. The survey is carried out using a thermal imaging camera, which produces a heat map of the building. This can then be used to make recommendations for improving the thermal performance of the building.

As one of the leading providers of Commercial Building Thermography and Non-Destructive Surveying techniques, we provide a range of services across the United Kingdom including highly detailed Thermal Imaging Surveys to ensure that your buildings remain in excellent condition and that any small heat loss problems are detected early and remedied quickly. Correction of unseen air leakage defects is made easy with common faults such as flat roof leaks, cladding defects, delaminating render, defective windows and heat loss all being detected early through the use of high resolution thermography.

In addition to our Thermal Imaging Surveys we can also provide a range of other tests and surveys like Air Tightness Testing, Aerial Surveys, Borescopic Surveys, Ferroscan Surveys and Flat Roof Tests which can also help to highlight building defects.  This means that potential problems can be detected and corrected early, before they become major structural issues. Upon completion of each project, a full and comprehensive inspection report is produced which contains all of the necessary information for making informed decisions about the repair or replacement of building components. We can also provide services to help you with building regulations.

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Commercial Thermographic Building Surveys:
Frequently combined with the following additional services:
BREEAM Assessment
Commercial Air Test
Commercial EPC (Energy Performance Certificate)
Thermal Bridging Calculation
Energy Statement
TM52 Overheating Assessments

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BREEAM thermographic surveys

BREEAM is the world’s leading assessment method for sustainable buildings. In order to achieve a high BREEAM rating, thermographic surveys are often used to assess the thermal performance of a building. As such, the weather forecast has to be closely monitored in the lead up to the survey so as to get the best chance of compliance. If the weather forecast changes on the day to show worsening conditions (higher wind speeds etc), then it is in our interest to delay the survey, even if it is just by a few hours.

As these requirements can give a very small window of opportunity, an internal survey is often preferential to eliminate some of the weather influences. BREEAM thermographic surveys are a key part of ensuring compliance with energy efficiency regulations. Our team of experts are on hand to provide a fast and efficient service, ensuring that your property meets all the necessary requirements.

With our years of experience, we can provide an accurate assessment of your property’s energy performance, helping you to make the necessary improvements.

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Thermographic survey for electrical systems

A heat loss survey can be used to identify potential problems with electrical components and systems, such as overloaded circuits, faulty breakers, and damaged insulation.

Thermographic roof surveys

Focus 360 Energy offer a thermographic roof survey service using drones, which is an easy and efficient way to assess the condition of your roof. This type of survey can identify areas of heat loss, air leakage and insulation defects, allowing you to make necessary repairs or improvements. Focus 360 Energy surveyors are all trained and PCN certified by the British Institute of Non-destructive Testing (BINDT). PCN is the most established training and certification scheme throughout the UK for thermographers. With over 10 years’ experience your Thermographic needs are in good hands.

What are the benefits of a thermographic survey report?

Thermographic surveys will detect:

  • Lack of insulation (small or large areas)
  • Poorly installed insulation
  • Poorly sealed/leaky  doors and windows
  • Heat loss areas through flooring either due to lack of insulation, damaged solid floors, poorly fitted suspended flooring etc
  • Leaking pipes
  • Heating system not getting to temperature/poor radiator

Frequently Asked Questions

What can Thermal Imaging Surveys be used for?

Thermal Imaging Surveys can be used for a variety of purposes, including:

1. Detecting energy loss and inefficiencies in buildings
2. Identifying areas of moisture intrusion and potential water damage
3. Locating electrical faults and overheating components
4. Monitoring equipment and machinery for potential issues
5. Finding areas of poor insulation or air leakage
6. Identifying structural defects or anomalies
7. Conducting energy audits and evaluating building performance
8. Monitoring wildlife and detecting animals in the dark
9. Conducting search and rescue operations in low visibility conditions
10. Detecting heat loss in pipes and ductwork.

Overall, Thermal Imaging Surveys can help identify problems and issues that are not visible to the naked eye, allowing for timely and effective remediation.

What can I expect from commissioning a Thermographic Survey?

When commissioning a thermographic survey, you can expect the following:

1. Assessment of heat loss: Thermographic surveys use infrared cameras to detect heat loss in a building, which can help identify areas that may need insulation or air sealing to improve energy efficiency.

2. Identification of electrical issues: Thermographic surveys can also detect overheating in electrical systems, which can help prevent potential fire hazards and equipment failures.

3. Detection of water leaks: The cameras used in thermographic surveys can detect moisture and water leaks in a building, helping to identify areas of potential water damage.

4. Energy efficiency recommendations: Based on the findings of the thermographic survey, recommendations may be provided on how to improve the energy efficiency of the building, such as upgrading insulation, sealing air leaks, or improving ventilation.

5. Report with findings and recommendations: After the survey is completed, you should receive a detailed report outlining the findings and recommendations for improving the energy efficiency and safety of the building.

Overall, commissioning a thermographic survey can help you identify and address issues related to energy efficiency, safety, and comfort in your building.

I’ve heard Thermal Imaging has to be done at night, is this true?

Thermal imaging can be done both during the day and at night. However, conducting thermal imaging at night can often provide more accurate and reliable results because there is usually a greater temperature contrast between objects and their surroundings during the night. This can make it easier to detect temperature differences and anomalies.

Can a Thermal Imaging Camera see through things – i.e walls, clothes, etc?

Thermal imaging cameras are designed to detect and display differences in temperature, not to see through objects like walls or clothing. While thermal cameras can detect heat signatures through some materials like glass or plastic, they are generally not able to see through solid objects like walls. Additionally, thermal cameras may be able to detect heat sources underneath clothing, but they cannot provide detailed images or see through clothing in the way that X-ray technology can.

Is Thermal Imaging Dangerous?

Thermal imaging itself is not dangerous. It is a technology that detects infrared radiation emitted by an object or person and converts it into a visible image. However, it is important to note that the use of thermal imaging devices should be done responsibly and in accordance with safety guidelines to avoid any potential hazards.

When using thermal imaging cameras or equipment, it is important to follow the manufacturer’s instructions and guidelines to ensure safe and proper operation. Additionally, users should be aware of potential risks such as exposure to high levels of heat or radiation, and take necessary precautions to protect themselves and others.

Overall, when used correctly and responsibly, thermal imaging technology is a safe and valuable tool for a variety of applications such as surveillance, building inspections, and medical diagnostics.

How can I trust the information from a Thermographic Report?

To ensure that you can trust the information from a thermographic report, it is important to consider the following:

1. Qualifications of the interpreter: Make sure that the person interpreting the thermographic images is a qualified and experienced thermographer. They should have proper certification and training in thermography.

2. Proper equipment: Ensure that the thermographic images were taken using a high-quality thermal imaging camera and that the equipment was properly calibrated.

3. Compliance with standards: The thermographic report should comply with industry standards and guidelines for thermography to ensure accuracy and reliability.

4. Verification of findings: If possible, cross-reference the findings in the thermographic report with other diagnostic tests or inspections to confirm the accuracy of the results.

5. Clear and comprehensive reporting: The thermographic report should be well-documented, providing detailed information about the findings, including the location and severity of any issues detected.

By considering these factors and working with a reputable and experienced thermographer, you can trust the information provided in a thermographic report.

Are Thermographic Surveys required for Building Regulations?

Thermographic surveys are not typically required by Building Regulations in most jurisdictions. However, they can be a useful tool for identifying areas of heat loss or moisture infiltration in buildings, and can help improve energy efficiency and building performance. In some cases, thermographic surveys may be recommended by building professionals as part of a building performance evaluation or energy audit, but they are not a mandatory requirement for compliance with Building Regulations.

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