Detecting thermal bridges

Thermographic testing of precast structures

Thermal imaging cameras detect thermal bridges on poorly insulated facades but their use requires expert knowledge. This article outlines important criteria to be considered when selecting and using such equipment, including checklists, hands-on tips and tricks, and a list of manufacturers.

Thermography is booming, particularly in the construction sector. This is due not only to declining prices of cameras but also to the extremely wide range of applications of this equipment. Such cameras can be used to detect thermal bridges or spots with possible mold formation just as quickly as design and workmanship defects – in a non-contact, non-destructive process that does not interfere with construction progress or building use. Thermal imaging cameras (which are also referred to as infrared, IR or thermography cameras) are used for building surveys determining their energy efficiency...

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