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Infrared Thermographic Quality Control For Newly Constructed Office Buildings Prior To Closing
Author(s): Sharon Allen
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Paper Abstract

The use of infrared thermographic building diagnostics, prior to final closing, is an effective method of quality control. Thermal envelope studies using infrared technology, made prior to contractual release, are a cost effective means of insuring the buyer and builder that the thermal envelope performs to the specifications of the construction contract. Building owners and builders can both benefit. Builders are able to close jobs and avoid costly call backs after occupancy. Building owners gain knowledge as to how the building envelope can be expected to perform in coming seasons. A majority of problems can be avoided during construction when infrared thermographic building diagnostics are introduced at the beginning of a project. Problems may be dealt with during construction, not afterwards. Contractors are alerted to how their job affects the performance of other trades and materials in the structure. To gain the most from infrared thermography during the construction phase, the contractors and thermographer must have an understanding of each other's function. On-site visits during construction can provide contractors with a basic background of thermal imaging and familiarize the thermographer with various construction techniques and materials used.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 May 1987
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 0780, Thermosense IX: Thermal Infrared Sensing for Diagnostics and Control, (11 May 1987); doi: 10.1117/12.940487
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Sharon Allen, Allen Applied Infrared Technology (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0780:
Thermosense IX: Thermal Infrared Sensing for Diagnostics and Control
Robert P. Madding, Editor(s)

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