Building thermography as a tool in energy audits and building commissioning procedure

Timo Kauppinen

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A Building Commissioning-project (ToVa) was launched in Finland in the year 2003. A comprehensive commissioning procedure, including the building process and operation stage was developed in the project. This procedure will confirm the precise documentation of client's goals, definition of planning goals and the performance of the building. It is rather usual, that within 1-2 years after introduction the users complain about the defects or performance malfunctions of the building. Thermography is one important manual tool in verifying the thermal performance of the building envelope. In this paper the results of one pilot building (a school) will be presented. In surveying the condition and energy efficiency of buildings, various auxiliary means are needed. We can compare the consumption data of the target building with other, same type of buildings by benchmarking. Energy audit helps to localize and determine the energy saving potential. The most general and also most effective auxiliary means in monitoring the thermal performance of building envelopes is an infrared camera. In this presentation some examples of the use of thermography in energy audits are presented.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThermosense XXIX
EditorsKathryn M. Knettel, Vladimir P. Vavilov, Jonathan J. Miles
PublisherInternational Society for Optics and Photonics SPIE
ISBN (Print)978-0-8194-6663-1
Publication statusPublished - 2007
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventDefense and Security Symposium Thermosense XXIX - Orlando, United States
Duration: 9 Apr 200712 Apr 2007

Publication series

SeriesProceedings of SPIE


ConferenceDefense and Security Symposium Thermosense XXIX
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • Building commissioning
  • Building thermography
  • Condition survey
  • Energy audit
  • Quality control


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