Expert Corner

Understanding the Role of Thermography in Energy Auditing and Drone (UAV) Application

/17th March 2016, Matthew Louis Mauriello, Leyla Norooz, Jon E. Froehlich/ The building sector accounts for 41% of primary energy consumption in the US, contributing an increasing portion of the country’s carbon dioxide emissions. With recent sensor improvements and falling costs, auditors are increasingly using thermography—infrared (IR) cameras—to detect thermal defects and analyze building efficiency. Research in automated thermography has grown commensurately, aimed at reducing manual labor and improving thermal models.

First experiments for the Diagnosis and Thermophysical Sampling Using Impulse IR thermography from Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)

/19th January 2016, L. E. Mavromatidis, J.-L. Dauvergne, R. Saleri, J.-C. Batsale/ Infrared (IR) thermography is a control method widely used for building diagnosis to investigate structural blemishes and thermal heat losses. Usually, collecting the thermal heat flux naturally emitted by a studied surface via an IR camera, we obtain critical information regarding its structure through passive infrared thermography. The thermogram can then reveal an abnormal variation of the heat flux and highlight a defection.