Thermography

Stanburys’ Thermal Imaging Team

Survey Team
Stanburys’ thermography department provides an independent consultancy service to the buildings and construction industries, as well as almost any other industry. At Stanburys we work with new buildings and existing properties alike.

We have Level 2 Certified Thermographers equipped with the very latest infrared equipment and thermal imaging software. Our cameras are capable of producing high-resolution infrared images and can record temperatures ranging between minus 40 °C and 350 °C on two different ranges. Our cameras are perfect for spotting areas of missing/insufficient insulation, air leakage paths, thermal bridges and cold and damp spots.

Thermal Imaging Surveys from Stanburys

Our surveys follow a simple procedure that allow for a quick and efficient job to be carried out with minimal disturbance to your daily duties. As with any thermal imaging survey, it is non-destructive and non-intrusive and in most cases can be carried out early in the morning, in some instances before staff members have even reached the office.

Thermal imaging surveys are not just for those in the construction industry they will benefit anyone and everyone that works in, or even lives in a building. From five-story office blocks to ground floor flats – every building in the UK would save in the long-run from having a thermal imaging survey. In many instances, the savings are big and payback periods are shorter than expected, making the surveys a sound investment – financially and environmentally.

Thermography Equipment

Examples of some of the specialist equipment Stanburys use for Thermography Services Stanburys work in close liason with FLIR, we provide training and are also Official FLIR Distributors.

What does Thermography Involve?

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Thermography requires a fully trained thermographer, equipped with an infrared camera to take still shots of a building. Shots can be taken inside and outside, with major emphasis being placed on the time of day and weather conditions, as poor weather will affect shots. The settings and the positioning of the camera are paramount. Images are then analysed for any thermal anomalies, with recommendations being made and published in a report. Much knowledge and understanding is required to produce valid results, for example, the concept of emissivity, reflected ambient temperature, solar reflections and relative humidity all need to be fully understood. If these parameters are not entered correctly, the results will not give a true reading.

This fused image shows how the heat being radiated from the un-lagged pipes is keeping the roof space overly warm, whilst the rest of the warehouse remains much colder.

This image shows the rear view of a workshop. There are clear signs of heat escaping along the flashing (where the wall meets the roof).

This image clearly shows a warm patch in the brickwork. This warm patch could indicate an area of insufficient/missing insulation that allows heat to pass through much easier, or perhaps some heated equipment (boiler or plant) on the inside of the building which is conducting through the wall.

UK Energy Conservation Standards

Very few buildings in the UK actually meet the new standard of energy conservation set by the Government – most of the buildings in the UK should be subjected to a thermal imaging survey as soon as possible. The new revised Part L of the building regulations concentrates on the conservation of fuel and power within an existing building.

The need for thermal imaging and infrared technology within the building sector has grown enormously over the last decade or so – this is mainly down to the growing concern of Global Warming and Climate Change. As the world acts to meet overly ambitious Kyoto targets, individual Governments have their own targets to meet. In the UK the Government plans to reduce Carbon emissions by 60% by the year 2050 (based on 1990 levels). This means implementing new sustainable technologies and techniques into the way we build, whilst incorporating sustainable and renewable methods of energy production for the built environment. To really meet the Governments targets, the UK as a whole need to minimise the amount of wasted energy lost through inefficient building envelopes. One of the most important things we can do to meet these targets is to prevent as much heat being lost through inefficient and poorly insulated buildings.

For further information about Thermal Imaging Surveys, or any other of the services Stanburys provides, please contact us on 01462 894144 or email enquiries@stanburys.com .

If you are considering the purchase of an infrared camera, please visit our sister site www.stanburys-infraredcameras.co.uk .