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Improvements in new residential construction using infrared thermography and blower door
Author(s): Doug McCleary; Roy Harvey; Sharon A. Semanovich
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Paper Abstract

For more than 20 years, infrared thermography has been used in the study of energy loss in residential buildings. Early application of the industry acknowledged the problem of technology transfer. That is, the information gained from infrared thermography needed to be interpreted and translated down to the actual construction trades. By utilizing the information gained from an infrared thermographic survey, with a blower door, improvements in new construction design have been realized and implemented. The approach involved the use of infrared thermography and blower door testing in assessing the thermal capabilities, insulation quality, comfort level and air infiltration rate of each unit. Randomly selected model and production units were used to obtain information. Visual inspections were conducted while the homes were under construction to verify the quality and method of construction practices. Infrared and blower door tests were conducted upon completion of construction. The results of these studies were reviewed with the builder and where practical, incorporated into future design and construction practices. This enabled the builder to offer the homeowner a substantial improvement in operating costs and increase the builder's reputation for quality construction.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 March 1996
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 2766, Thermosense XVIII: An International Conference on Thermal Sensing and Imaging Diagnostic Applications, (15 March 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.235366
Show Author Affiliations
Doug McCleary, MaGrann Associates (United States)
Roy Harvey, MaGrann Associates (United States)
Sharon A. Semanovich, Allen Applied Infrared Technology (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2766:
Thermosense XVIII: An International Conference on Thermal Sensing and Imaging Diagnostic Applications
Douglas D. Burleigh; Jane W. Maclachlan Spicer, Editor(s)

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