Gain 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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BREEAM® thermal imaging surveys, tailored for the requirements of BRE 176

Gain BREEAM® Credit

Under BRE SD5076 thermal imaging surveys can provide one BREEAM® credit towards your building.

Verify Construction

Our specialist thermal imaging surveys can help verify construction and monitor improvements.

Improve Comfort

By finding cracks and unintentional openings, we can find the root cause of thermal discomfort.


iRed® is the largest independent thermal imaging consultancy in the UK. As the preferred supplier for NHBC and leading home-builders nationwide, you can trust that your building is in safe hands with us.

BREEAM Thermal Imaging Survey


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.


UK’s largest team of BREEAM® approved inspectors

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.

Resolve heat loss issues quickly and conclusively with BREEAM thermal imaging surveys

Commercial building thermal imaging surveys, tailored for the requirements of BRE 176.

What We Find

  • Poor Construction

  • Thermal / Cold Bridging

  • Missing or Damaged Insulation

  • Moisture & Water Ingress

  • Air Leakage & Unintentional Openings

  • Poor Thermal Comfort

  • Damp & Mould

Where We Find It

  • Office Blocks

  • Commercial Buildings

  • Warehouses & Storage

  • Schools & Universities

  • Student Accommodation

  • Retail Units

  • Hospitals


“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.”

Trevor May, EMCOR
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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.”

Paul Harding, NHS
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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.”



Certified Inspectors

We’re proud to have the largest team of certified category 2/3 thermal inspectors in the UK.

Nationwide Surveys

We’re proud to be trusted by over 2,500 customers across a broad range of industries nationwide.

Latest Technology

In partnership with FLIR and DJI, we only use the very latest commercial inspection tools and sensors.





Simply fill in our free estimate form and we’ll send you back a free estimate the same day.




We start our pre-survey checks 24 hours before the survey, keeping you updated along the way.




Our industry-leading reports are delivered within 3-5 days, signed off by qualified thermographers.

Questions? Call our team on 01243 370 296 or email [email protected]

We’re approved and accredited


We’re proud to maintain a number of accreditations, certifications, awards and affiliations from national and global organisations.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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.

Our standard building thermal imaging surveys are already delivered 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:

10ºC 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.

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.

No Obstructions

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.

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.

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.

Why people and companies choose iRed®…

Other companies

  • Not qualified to national standards

  • Not qualified for thermal image analysis

  • Insufficient company insurance

  • Low-resolution thermal cameras

  • No aerial surveying capabilities

  • Little to no image explanation or analysis

Why companies use iRed®

  • Our inspectors are accredited to ISO 18436 / ISO 6781 standards

  • Comprehensive reports certified to Level 4 standards

  • £5m Public & £10m Employers liability insurance

  • Highest-resolution thermal imaging cameras in the UK

  • CAA Approved Drone Inspectors (ID. 2082)

  • Aftercare troubleshooting and advice

Ready to get started?

Book your thermal imaging survey today

Questions? Talk to one of our experts on 01243 370 296* and we’ll help you find the best solution for your project.

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