Gain a BREEAM credit with a thermal imaging survey

Find heat loss and improve your BREEAM rating with thermal imaging surveys, certified by category 2/3 inspectors.

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We’re proud to have the largest team of BREEAM® approved inspectors in the UK

With more than 18 years in industry, we’ve delivered BREEAM thermal imaging surveys for more than 1,000+ commercial buildings – and we stand by our work as the best in the business.

Our team of inspectors are some of the few certified to Category 2 and above, enabling us to create BREEAM reports in accordance with the latest BRE technical standard.

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What is BREEAM® credit?

BREEAM, created by BRE, is a leading sustainability assessment for commercial infrastructure and buildings. With 2,309,386 registered buildings across 90 countries, BREEAM® is the world’s leading assessment method for buildings.

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“iRed’s professionalism is apparent in both their approach to the client on site and to the report production aspect, which is delivered in an easy to understand and visually pleasing format.”

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 “iRed have proved themselves to be very flexible in fitting in with our policies and procedures, the engineers have been very efficient and I have been impressed with the final presentation of the results.”

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“As a business, iRed have proved their worth time and time again. The professionalism of the office staff, united with engineer know-how of thermographic engineers is a formidable team.”

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Learn more about BREEAM® thermal imaging…

After the successful completion of a BREEAM survey, clients will receive a thermal report consisting of multiple infrared images and expert analysis. This report, including advice and recommendations to the buildings overall thermal performance, will then be passed onto your BREEAM assessor, who will decide if your building performs sufficiently to be awarded a BREEAM credit.

The amount of credits available within the BREEAM rating varies depending on the building. Depending on how many credits your building receives in total from other BREEAM assessments, your building can be broadly classified under the following categories:

  • Unclassified
  • Pass
  • Good
  • Very Good
  • Excellent
  • Outstanding

Other typical BREEAM assessments include air pressure testing, acoustic testing and lighting assessment. In contrast to these assessments, thermal imaging surveys are a straightforward and simple assessment to achieve an extra credit.

What can thermal imaging detect?

Thermal imaging cameras are highly specialist pieces of equipment. When used properly, they can discover a multitude of issues including:

  • Missing or damaged insulation
  • Areas and pathways of heat loss
  • Areas of damp and mould growth
  • Areas of Thermal bridging
  • Thermal comfort levels

Using thermal cameras on buildings is one of the most effective ways to monitor sustainability performance. By assessing new builds, clients can be assured that their buildings are efficient with resources, ensuring effective performance from every angle.

iRed building thermal imaging surveys are in accordance with the requirements set out in BS EN 13187. These requirements satisfy the BRE SD5076 standard for BREEAM credit, and are as follows:

1. Temperature Difference

To effectively ‘see’ heat loss (or gain) using a thermal imaging camera, a 10ºC temperature difference between the inside and outside of a building must be achieved. If a building has no operational heating system, temporary heaters – such as space heaters – may be required.

2. Dry Building Surfaces

Before the start of a survey, building surfaces should be dry to ensure that moisture evaporation does not skew the results. For building materials such as brick, its recommended that surfaces have been dry for at least 24 hours.

3. Full Access

In order to effectively measure surface temperatures within a building, full access must be given to thermographers in order to inspect outside walls and surfaces from the inside. In addition to this, obstructions such as furniture should be removed at least an hour before the start of a survey. This is to allow local temperature conditions to stabilise.

4. No Solar Radiation

To avoid the effects of solar radiation, thermal imaging building surveys should be conducted  at least 2 hours after sunset or 2 hours before sunrise. This is important, as it means that thermal imaging surveys can be expected to start at 00:00 during summer and 20:00 during winter.

5. Low Wind Speed

The wind speed during a thermal imaging survey should not exceed 5 metres a second (18kph). This is to stop the cooling effect from wind to affect infrared camera readings.

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