Thermographic building surveys offer a non-destructive method to assessing the internal fabric of a building.
One of the most common applications for aerial thermography is the discovery of areas affected by heat loss, usually in locations otherwise inaccessible. Our drones conduct technical inspections using specialist, purpose built thermal imaging cameras that are an ideal solution to surveying roofs, large buildings and wide areas. Using drones not only avoids the financial burden of scaffolding or cherry pickers, but provides a far safer solution to inspection.
iRed operates with CAA approved pilots, meaning they abide by any laws and suitability’s set out by current UK legislation – this extends to congested areas or when environmental conditions exceed safety parameters. In these situations, we can operate a 102ft vehicle mounted pneumatic mast capable of surveying a building 7 stories high, ensuring your deliverables can always be met no matter the circumstances.
iRed has permission from the Civil Aviation Authority (Id No. 2082) to operate drones commercially, meaning we abide by any laws and recommendations set out by current UK legislation. Not only does this ensure that we conduct our aerial surveys professionally and safely, it also means that each of our pilots are fully qualified and experienced to fly under a wide variety of conditions.
Frequently Asked Questions
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).