1:5:10:365 EcoTip Blog

February 6, 2008

:037 Thermography Eco-Business


Image courtesy of Restoration Consultants www.restcon.com

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Today’s 1:5:10:365 Tip for becoming a better steward for our home and planet is about an ecological support business: Thermal imaging.

1:5:10:037 Tip: Thermal imaging camera’s have undergone huge improvements and price reductions in just a few years. When I first began to look at what it would take to use thermal imaging in building investigations 20 years ago, much of the technology was classified by the military. The available units were over $250,000 and required a truck to carry the camera and liquid nitrogen for cooling. Today these camera’s are $6,000 to $20,000 handheld portables that don’t require external coolant. I am partial to the Fluke camera’s and their IR-Fusion technology. This allows a simultaneous digital photograph and thermal image which are superimposed with full blending capabilities. In order to use a thermal imaging camera effectively, thermographers must have training so they learn to “see” and interpret heat instead of light. If you are already in the construction, energy efficiency, insulation, inspection, or moisture control industry it is likely you already have an understanding of buildings that would allow you to easily learn to use a thermal imaging camera to aid you in your work.


Additional Information

It is unfortunate that there have been false claims about thermal cameras and what they can do. What they do is identify temperature differences.

They do not see through walls, find mold, or substitute for a good understanding of buildings and how they work. 

The IR camera is able to find areas for further investigation. Wet walls generally are cooler than dry walls because of evaporative cooling. But a thermographer needs training to tell the difference between missing insulation and moisture.

Fluke Thermal Imaging Camera With IR Fusion

Image courtesy of Fluke

For additional information about thermal imaging cameras I recommend speaking with Rod Hoff at the Moisture View division of Restoration Consultants. Rod can provide an on-line demonstration of the technology.

Rod Hoff
Restoration Consultants – MoistureView
3284 Ramos Circle
Sacramento, CA 95827
(916) 736-1100 ext 301


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