Infrared BREEAM Credit Survey
Thermographic Building Inspection
BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology) is a structured methodology to analyse, rate and certify a building’s environmental and sustainability characteristics.
iRed offers thermographic surveys specifically tailored to meet the requirements of BREEAM which could lead to a credit towards overall BREEAM certification, the necessary criteria of which is stated below:
One Credit – Testing And Inspecting Building Fabric
- The commissioning and testing schedule and responsibilities credit is achieved.
- The integrity of the building fabric, including continuity of insulation, avoidance of thermal bridging and air leakage paths is quality assured through completion of post construction testing and inspection. Dependent on building type or construction, this can be demonstrated through the completion of a thermographic survey as well as an airtightness test and inspection (see compliance notes CN3.3 and CN3.4. The survey and testing is undertaken by a Suitably Qualified Professional (see Relevant definitions) in accordance with the appropriate standard.
- Any defects identified in the thermographic survey or the airtightness testing reports are rectified prior to building handover and close out. Any remedial work must meet the required performance characteristics for the building/element.
From: Technical Manual: Version: SD5076 – Issue: 4.1 – Issue Date: 09/03/2016
Other issues may differ in detail. To view the full document on BREEAM requirements, click here (Sign-up required)
We employ qualified and approved Level 2 and Level 3 thermographers who have carried out hundreds of thermal imaging surveys across the UK, all of which have contributed towards achieving a BREEAM credit. The thermographic survey results are delivered in a clear and comprehensive report, featuring unique thermal images that are not only incredibly detailed, but provide the entire context of the building fabric, allowing any anomalies to be easily identified and pin-pointed. We can also provide ISO 18436 BINDT approved advanced (PCN Category 2 or ABBE Diploma) training for those wishing to meet the required criteria themselves.
Frequently Asked Questions
No – whilst anyone can pick up a thermal imaging camera, only a qualified engineer will be able to process and interpret the data to a standard in which reliable information can be determined. We’ve had clients that have replaced entire walls and structures based on the misinterpretation of imagery from an unqualified engineer, unnecessarily costing the customer thousands of pounds.
Thermography (otherwise known as “Thermal Imaging”) is a specialist technique which uses infrared-sensitive cameras to inspect buildings, electrical equipment, rotating machinery and devices to detect faults or problematic areas, as part of routine maintenance or fault-finding. This non-invasive method allows the identification – both in terms of location and severity – of problems associated with heat loss.
Rather than using a CMOS or CCD detector which records different levels of a range of visible light colours, a thermal imaging camera uses a microbolometer array to accurately measure levels of infrared radiation across a scene. This temperature data is then processed to produce a thermal image (known as “thermogram”), which can then be very precisely quantified or measured.
It is recommended that certain conditions are met to ensure any outcomes within our reports are fully accurate and actionable. To ‘see’ heat loss (or gain) at least a 10°C temperature difference between the inside and outside must be achieved for a minimum of 24 hours prior to the survey if occupied, or 72 hours for a ‘dead’ building. If the building has no operational heating system, temporary direct heaters (such as space heaters) may be required. It’s because of this that surveys can often take place very early in the morning or late in the evening.
For a full list of thermographic survey requirements, please click here.
Upon completetion of a thermographic survey, clients will recieve a precise and detailed report featuring comments and advice from experienced and highly qualified thermographers. We only allow level 2 or above thermographers to produce our reports, ensuring your report is as comprehensive as possible. We’re then available to help, explain and troubleshoot your new thermal data with you as much as you need.
Absolutely! All of our thermographers are level 1/2/3 certified. We are also a CHAS accredited contractor, registered Constructionline supplier, UKTA approved to conduct BREEAM thermographic surveys, BINDT approved training centre and ISO 9001:2008 registered. To see a full list of our accreditations, please click here.
No, it’s totally harmless! Everything gives off infrared radiation, and thermal imaging cameras merely detect this existing radiation (rather than emit anything).