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Understanding your stock survey report

Understanding your stock survey report

Surveying a large quantity of properties requires a certain degree of planning and execution. IRT regularly carry out housing stock survey programs for local authorities and housing associations to help  assess and improve the quality of insulation levels within the stock and meet standards, utilising ECO funding. 

Once we have surveyed and assessed each property for thermal performance and upgrade measures, what can you do with your report? The results are presented to excel to make searching and sorting as easy as possible. Follow our guide below to see how you can use it to maximum efficiency. 

Housing Stock Sample
Downloading will provide you with an easy to follow sample of a typical spreadsheet.

Introduction

The first group of columns shows the most basic information about the property, The property information provided by the client, calculated SAP and Environmental Impact ratings.       

Recommendations

Refurbishment recommendations are calculated for six main criteria. Wall insulation, Loft insulation, Window replacement, Boiler improvement, Draught Proofing measures and Energy efficient lighting upgrades. Each of the recommendations are detailed in these columns. Unless specified the measure will take the element to building regulations by default.

Energy

Each property is modelled using SAP2012 and the potential saving shown in kWh, CO2 and £s. Each refurbishment is calculated as a stand alone measure. Combinations of refurbishment measures can be calculated using the IRT Carbon Dashboard. SAP and EI improvements can also be included for each individual measure if required.      
   

Pivot Tables

The use of pivot tables can also be requested to create league tables for your stock, find the best/worst performing streets,postcode areas or cities. sort by recommendations, costs, CO2 potential savings and produce individual easy to follow reports.

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See the Invisible - Slide to Reveal

Services used :

  • Thermal Imaging
  • IRT Envision for Energy Calculations
  • Spreadsheets

Additional services

In addition to our spreadsheet report, we can provide further reports to aid analysis if requested.

Thermal imaging Part 3: How much does thermal imaging survey cost?

Thermal imaging Part 3: How much does thermal imaging survey cost?

How much will a thermal imaging survey cost us?

By far this is the most popular question that our customers ask.

You may want to have an infrared survey carried out for a variety reasons. Your objective may be to discover and diagnose energy efficiencies or to detect and inspect property defects. Whatever it is, with a tight budget in hand, you want to know that you are getting value for money and that it is well spent. Our aim is to make sure you make informed decisions.

After looking at thermal equipment and science in Part 1 and understanding colours in Part 2, let's continue our thermal imaging education journey and look at the pricing and what is involved.

Pricing is based on two main elements: 1) the required time on your site conducting the survey and 2) subsequent analysis to deliver your project. We briefly consider each element.

 

 

Time conducting your thermal imaging survey

The first element of a thermal imaging survey cost is the survey time. Typically our certified thermographers will spend up to nine hours on site over a total 18-hour period, enabling both daylight and night time surveys of your property envelope. This thermal imaging survey of the building means visual and thermal images will be included in your report. This will allow easy identification of defects that you can subsequently instruct to get rectified on site.

As survey days are focused on time, multiple buildings can be surveyed very cost effectively. The price you pay is for the day spent surveying rather than the number of buildings. Therefore, this allows to survey as many buildings as you require within the time frame at no extra cost to you.  

 

Time analysing your thermal images

The second element of a thermal imaging survey cost is the image analysis. Once your buildings have been surveyed, the next stage is to analyse and quantify your thermal images. Analysis time is charged at a daily rate and typically takes twice as long as the thermal imaging survey time. One full day on site usually equates to at least two full analysis days although this does vary depending on the deliverable.

Roof and elevations together with the IRT eDash may, for example, require four days or more in our qualified analysts to carry out the work depending on the size and complexity of your buildings.

 

What else may be charged for?

Some companies may charge you for travel and expenses. At irt surveys, because we've got the UK covered, this charge does not apply.

Another additional cost you could be charged for is the hire of equipment such as cherry pickers in situations where access is impossible without an elevated platform.

These items should always be brought to your attention and quoted ahead of any purchase order being submitted.

 

A final word of warning

When it comes to thermal imaging pricing, there are no such thing as a stupid questions.  It is essential that you are aware of all the pricing elements and that these are clearly explained to you. Do ask as many questions as you need to until you are satisfied with the answers you are given. Get several quotes and make sure that you choose a reputable company renowned for impartiality and expertise.

Related articles: Thermal imaging Part 1 - Tech & Science , Thermal imaging Part 2 - Understanding colours

 

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Gain BREEAM accreditation credits using infrared

Gain BREEAM accreditation credits using infrared

Introduction

IRT Surveys are fully trained and Qualified to undertake infrared BREEAM surveys with regards to continuity of insulation, heat loss and thermal bridging; in order to conform to the BREEAM accreditation process and BS EN 13187 Standard. 

Our client asked us to survey his new build exhibition centre property in order to gain BREEAM points under the scheme. The IRT thermal survey pinpointed 4 regions of deficiency in the building fabric at door detailing and suspected missing insulation. Our reports use clear thermal and visual images along with analysis in plain English. This allows building owners, contractors and non-specialists to understand the issues quickly and see the problems. The follow up thermal survey, after remedial works, found all regions in excellent thermal condition allowing the building to gain an extra credit and help achieve a BREEAM Excellent rating.

How can IRT Surveys help you?: 

You can achieve an additional BREEAM credit for your project by having a thermographic survey carried out on completion by a professional thermographer holding a Level 2 certificate in Thermography. IRT offer a nationwide service providing consistent surveying and reporting from ITC qualified staff.

A BREEAM Survey requires a survey of the entire external envelope (roof/walls) and in some cases, the internal envelope between conditioned and unconditioned spaces.

Each Survey Confirms:

• Continuity of insulation in accordance with the construction drawings.
• Avoidance of excessive thermal bridging
• Avoidance of air leakage paths through the fabric.
• Prove quality of workmanship
• Detect small issues before they become much bigger.

Any anomalies detected can be re-surveyed and analysed once remedial action has been carried out.

 

What Do We Provide?

After survey completion; images are uploaded to our head office to be evaluated by our analyst team for roof defects. Our upload system allows for instant handover from surveyor to analyst and fast turnaround.

  • The completed report will be available to the client within 5 working days.
  • A full colour PDF format report will be uploaded to our secure server  and a link sent to you for instant access to your results.
  • Our reports are designed for readability and understanding.
  • Each page of the report includes a thermal and visual image with corresponding location plan.
  • The primary building plan indicates which page you can find analysis for your chosen section.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                   

Innovative surveying technology for built asset management

Innovative surveying technology for built asset management

 

It seems that you can’t move these days without hearing about drones, apps and thermal imaging, but are they truly helpful or just gimmicks? We managed to get almost all the way to 2016 without them.

Like every new industry that erupts from an emerging technology, there are people who take it seriously and do it professionally and those who charge in to make a quick buck. And like every other example in history, the cream rises to the top, the market consolidates and the cowboys are eventually driven out by the sheriff who is usually better known as legislation.

Innovative technology: Thermal imaging

Thermal imaging, or infrared thermography, has - and still is - going through this process. Companies like iRed, Thermascan, Ti and IRT surveys have been around now for more than a dozen years each. There is a healthy respect and competitive market out there. But there are a myriad of smaller companies buying low end equipment, not training themselves properly and going to market with nothing more than a nice looking website. This is why asking the right questions when making your research on infrared companies is important.

Innovative surveying technology: Drones

The same can be said of the drone industry, only it’s 20 years behind the infrared world. It is experiencing a lot of negative press also with an emerging industry to shoot them out of the sky – yep – anti drone tech is also out there. It is a little known fact that over 80% of drone pilots don’t renew their license after year one. It either means the vast majority of the market are novices, or that the failure rate is enormous.

Innovative surveying technology: IoT

The IoT industry is the next big thing for the built environment for sure. If you haven’t come across the anachronism before, it stands for the Internet of Things. Everything from your toothbrush to your fridge will be connected to the net. Lightbulbs will tell you when they become inefficient. HVAC systems will call the engineer themselves and tell him what parts they need, before they brake. Fuses will alert the electrician, or some form of R2D2 unit to repair them before they blow.

When the building itself senses that something isn’t quite right, drones will be deployed to survey a building at night, equipped with an infrared thermal imaging system. Smart meter and sensor technology is moving at an alarming pace. Or exciting pace depending upon your perspective. I love the idea that a sensor will send me a message with GPS co-ordinates to a defectuous building that we can survey and report on.

Innovative surveying technology: Caution required

Huge caution though. Just because things get all high tech and whizz bang, doesn’t make the operative an expert. Interpreting the cause for failure and understanding what the tech is telling you still requires a skilled person. No software will ever replace an experienced RICS qualified surveyor with 20 years under their belt. A sensor or thermal image may say your insulation is 20% saturated on your flat roof - a common defect – the image may point clearly to the origin of the leak but only a human can see that the roofer lapped the felt the wrong way, or didn’t seal the lap joints correctly.

Technological innovation for surveying is unstoppable.

The technology is coming, some of it is here already. It's unstoppable. Best embrace it, swimming upstream is exhausting. But fear not: the dystopian Star Trek world, where no-one has a job and everything is leisure time, is a long way off. De-skilling mundane tasks and de-bugging our built environment will free us up to focus on bigger challenges!

Would you like to know more about how thermal imaging and drones can ease the management of your asset portfolio? Click on the button below to contact us to discuss your surveying requirements and for your free and no-obligation quote.

Five Common Flat Roof Defects To Be Aware Of

Five Common Flat Roof Defects To Be Aware Of

Slide the image above to reveal hidden flat roof defects visible only by using infrared

When it comes to flat roof defects, how many of us go about our day-to-day lives with a problem quite literally hanging over our heads?

Chances are, if your building is topped off with a flat roof and you haven’t had it checked recently, you are one of them.

Flat Roof Construction

Flat roofs offer many advantages for building:

  • they can help keep the interior warmer by absorbing sunlight at a higher rate than slated roofs.
  • they are ideal for solar panel installations.
  • they can often be the most economical option for construction.
  • they are quicker to install than other traditional roofing methods.
  • they are also more accessible, allowing for easier inspection processes.

Flat Roof Defects

Unfortunately, however, property owners too often adopt the old mantra of ‘out of sight, out of mind’ when it comes to what’s above their heads – and this is particularly problematic with flat roofs.

More than any other style, flat roofs need to be monitored regularly since there is no way for water to naturally filter away. It doesn’t need to be problematic but when problems do not visually present themselves on a daily basis, it’s easy to take your eye off the ball.

With this in mind, let’s take a look at five of the most common flat roof problems and what they could mean for your property.

Flat roof defect 1 – Standing water

This is one of the primary causes of flat roof leakages. Water will start to damage your roof’s material if it does not drain or evaporate within 72 hours and that means regular inspection is particularly important during winter and spring months. The problem is usually caused when there is insufficient drainage or the roof itself is just too flat. Despite the name, there should always be a small amount of slope for effective drainage. Snow build up can also be problematic as snow and ice can block drains and gutters.

Flat roof defect 2 – Blistering

Even small amounts of trapped moisture can result in your flat roof membrane detaching from the layer below and cause roof ‘blisters’. This is the most common roofing problem and it tends to get worse during the day when the heat of the sun causes the trapped moisture to expand. When blistering occurs it is vital to identify the source of the moisture.

Flat roof defect 3 – Thermal movement

Repeated cycles of heating and cooling cause flat roof materials to expand and contract. Materials must be equipped to deal with these movements without cracking under the pressure to avoid water penetration.

Flat roof defect 4 – Exposed layers

Taking all a British winter, and sometimes summer, has to throw at you isn’t easy. Throw continual roof traffic (accessibility has its downsides) into the mix and it’s only natural that, over time, your roof’s protective layers will suffer a bit of wear and tear.

Flat roof defect 5 –  Poor quality flashing

Given the importance of drainage on a flat roof, it’s vital to regularly inspect the condition of the flashing. This is used to prevent water from penetrating a junction and problems can occur when it has been poorly installed or damaged and bent over time.  Flashing damage can also be caused by fungus growth from moisture build in problem areas pushing away flashing.

These are only five flat roof defects most commonly encountered. They overwhelmingly highlight the need for certainty in terms of refurbishment.

That’s why an increasing number of organisations are using infrared thermography to assess their properties which can reveal exactly where and why problems are occurring.

With the summer weather on its way, there is no better time to carry out flat roof inspections. With our state of the art technology, we can

  • pinpoint the exact location of trapped moisture within the roofing system,
  • determine ingress points,
  • and tell you how much it is costing.

In addition to this the IRT Commercial Envision report can provide you with a list of refurbishment options with potential savings in £s, kWh and CO2. This information can be used to build a powerful case to leverage grants and budgets.

We have helped many organisations save £000s on their flat-roof refurbishment. Contact us now to find out how you can do the same. 

What Cloud Computing means for the Housing Sector

What Cloud Computing means for the Housing Sector

What’s the fuss about the cloud?

 

More than just big fluffy life giving stores of water floating in the sky, today the cloud gives life to your computer. If you think of the cloud as a vast bank of computers you can use as and when you want to carry out tasks way beyond that of your humble PC then you understand what the cloud in essence is. You basically borrow their processing power to carry out complex time consuming tasks. Unlike having to own a server farm, like the 1990’s, today’s companies can harness the power of the cloud only when they actually need it. Driving down costs, accelerating development and making businesses much easier to scale and to attract investment into.

What is big data?

Turns out Big Data is more than just using a size 18 font in Word, who knew? The actual definition is - "Big data is high volume, high velocity, and/or high variety information assets that require new forms of processing to enable enhanced decision making, insight discovery and process optimization."

Big words huh? We humans have never had access to such powerful datasets and analytics before. Without computers and mathematics we would be overwhelmed and powerless to make sense of the information. Software and the power of the cloud enable an unprecedented insight into statistical analysis. Result? Big data and the cloud are the future of almost all decision making – software, politics, commerce, you name it – people are harnessing data to drive decisions.

What are the real benefits to using them?

Size 18 font docs floating on clouds wouldn’t be too handy, but mass data available when ever and the most powerful computers you can imagine available to you at the click of a browser? – That is appealing. For business, the benefits are immediate and tangible. You can raise investment to create analytical platforms that 10 years ago wouldn’t have been feasible. Investors don’t like spending millions to build server farms ahead of revenues. SME’s get to make big bold plans reliant upon access to the cloud, plans they couldn’t hope to achieve without the processing power enabled by the cloud. End users get access to software and analytics that run faster, cost less, can be updated daily and don’t have to invest in hardware to run the software. They only need access to the internet.

WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD FOR THE USE OF DATA IN HOUSING?

Data drives everything. Without knowing the likely impact of a decision people are paralysed and static. If you knew the road on the left was busy and the one on the right empty, yet they both took you to your destination, you would take the right. You processed data.

Now make some investment grade decisions on a property portfolio that need retrofit measures to become compliant with legislation.

What do you fit? Why? And how much will it cost? Is there something better out there? Who provides the service? How do you ensure best value? And is that solution best for all your stock or just a handful? Are there grants available? If so, who administers them? How do you communicate that information to your boss? The board? Your investors?

Data empowers and enables exactly this sort of decision making process. 

With the additional data the thermal image can provide in conjunction with IRT DREam, you can harness the true power of data and discover the most efficient way forward with your properties.

Drone technology for infrared thermography

Drone technology for infrared thermography

You may want to have an infrared survey carried out for a variety of reasons. Infrared thermal imaging technology is ideal for detecting defects and energy deficiencies of buildings and housing stocks. Combined with drone technology, it becomes a limitless tool.

Let's take a closer look at drones.

3 ADVANTAGES OF DRONE TECHNOLOGY FOR IRT SURVEYING

For 16 years IRT Surveys have been surveying buildings using infrared thermographic (IRT) cameras. Mostly on foot. This means that when it is a high building or a flat roof which needs surveyed, equipment  such as cherry pickers have to be hired. This has cost implications for our clients and Health & Safety implications for our certified thermographers and anybody or building in the surrounding area.

There are other technologies available:

  • Radio controlled tethered air balloons: wind and power lines make them impractical.
  • Telescopic pneumatic mast bolted to a van:  a relatively successful technology that IRT Surveys used for years. Ideal then to capture an entire flat roof in a handful of images. The downsides are time-consuming set up, dangerous in windy conditions, and taking images at weird and unexpected angles. Also from a practical point of view, parking the van at the correct location for carrying out the infrared survey can be problematic. The whistling noise created when driving the van is also distracting. Today, masts are largely a thing of the past thanks to other technological advances.
  • Radio controlled helicopters have been around for years, but are difficult to fly and terrifying with the blades and internal combustion engines wiring away.

Nowadays we use drones. IRT Surveys have a small fleet of drones in the UK operated by CAA approved, ITC qualified thermographers with night-time licenses.

ENHANCING IRT SURVEYING: FROM FOOTPRINTS TO DRONE FLIGHTS

Drones are a breeze to fly and present at least three main advantages.

  1. Drones are safe and get the camera to places that are cost-prohibited by any ground based system. From a high vantage point we can also cover large areas in a short window of time.  They are therefore ideal for tall building and flat roof surveying.
  2. They are capable of carrying thermal imaging cameras better than handheld ones to heights that neither a mast nor a cherry picker could reach.
  3. The flight plan can be programmed on a tablet allowing the drone to fly largely autonomously . Since it’s usually us humans that crash the things, this can only be a good thing.

As with any technology, they aren't perfect and and their future will be determined by regulation. Many companies are investing in anti-drone technology now to shoot drones out of the sky. We shall see how this materialises.

CONDITIONS TO USE DRONE TECHNOLOGY FOR IRT SURVEYING

  • The thermographer must have the permission to survey the buildings, the owners/tenants and neighbouring buildings of the activity.
  • An area adjacent to the surveying site must be cordoned off for take-off and landing.
  • A qualified operator has to provide his permissions to operate with certificate from the CAA. Without this the operator will not be insured.
  • They has to carry out risk assessments that are site specific.
  • Finally they also need thermography experience in order to capture the correct data and setting up the correct parameters required for the job in hand.

WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD FOR THE USE OF DRONE TECHNOLOGY IN IRT SURVEYING?

Like all emerging technologies, the sector is full of “give-it-a-go-heroes”. Fast forward 5-10 years they will be gone, the market consolidated and a handful of professionals left doing it properly.

For IRT surveys, it is a nice thing to have available to us. Still 95% of our surveys are still done on foot by thermographers at night in low wind.

Maybe down the line when you call we will simply deploy a local drone to your building and not need the skilled local thermographers to actually take the pictures at all. Their role will become one of convincing you it’s a good idea and to talk you through the findings and recommend solutions based upon technical knowledge and experience.

Looking in the short to medium term, at IRT Surveys, we can’t see the drones replacing a skilled human just yet though. But like the humble hammer, there will come times when you need a drone. It is always handy to have the tool in your box.

Do you have high buildings or flat roofs which require surveyed with thermal imaging? If so, please do contact us for a fast, impartial and clear survey.

Data driven decisions for housing stock retrofit

Data driven decisions for housing stock retrofit

 

 

In the social housing sector, decisions for housing stock retrofit are persistently made based upon very little knowledge about the energy performance of housing stock in question. The consequence is that often the results are not what was expected or promised. The popular statement “rubbish in, rubbish out” applies in this sector too.

At the core of this situation is a budgetary reason:

"We can’t afford to carry out a wide ranging, in-depth, analysis of our stock,
so we make do with what we have”.

Consider the real impact of this approach.

Housing stock retrofit: Your challenges

You are an asset, estate or portfolio manager with energy efficiency as core element of your role. You have many challenges:-

  • Multiple assets, many problems,
  • Tight budgets,
  • Not enough staff,
  • Data you don’t trust,
  • Drivers and KPIs to deliver to satisfy environmental legislation and maintain the asset value,
  • Maintaining profitably whilst keeping the tenants safe and warm.

Making decisions that truly deliver savings becomes very difficult when you are under pressure and being pushed and pulled in different directions – let alone the fact you don’t have faith in the data.

Over the years the organisation you work for has merged with others, has acquired, sold and transferred housing stock. You have been left wondering what the true picture of the assets you manage is.

As the trend for merging continues, it will inevitably lead to your new colleagues being let go. They were the ones who understood your newly-acquired stock very well. This will leave  you, as a lone manager, in the unenviable position of getting to grips with both your current stock and the new stock you have just inherited. You will then be asked to make investment grade decisions costing millions.

It is uncomfortable at best. Risky and expensive at worst.

Housing stock retrofit: Adopting the right approach

Which approach are you going to adopt?

  1. Let's just do the oldest houses first, as they surely must be the worst.
  2. Let's do the most recent houses first to try and leverage warranties before they expire.

If you make decisions based upon poor data, you won’t get the kind of result you hoped for. Let's take an example:

If you invest £50M insulting walls with EWI without considering changing the boilers first, or switching the lightbulbs, you could be wasting your money.

Or it could be exactly the right thing to do.

That’s the problem. You don't know, because you do not have the data to tell you.

What made you decide upon EWI? Your reasons could be numerous: Did it look good? Do the tenants like it? Does it add value to house? Does it improve the EPC?

All great, valid reasons, but is it the best bang for your buck? Can you leverage more grant money from schemes such as ECO to flip the boilers at the same time and rally ramp up the retrofit process?

One thing is for sure: social housing is becoming more commercially orientated these days. In a world of survival of the fittest, the smart money is on the provider who can demonstrate knowledge of their risk. A provider who understands the road ahead fully. Business hates risk. Anything you can do to mitigate risk and uncertainty has to be a good thing.

Housing stock retrofit: data-driven decisions

In our time, we have surveyed over 250,000 houses, largely for the local authority and housing association sector, such as Yarlington House Association,  and shown them where they truly are as regards the performance of their assets. We have empowered those clients and enabled them to

  • leverage grants,
  • hit their KPIs and
  • get people out of fuel poverty.

Which all adds up to a profitable business with less exposure to hidden nasties. We can also mention happy warm tenants with more spare money to spend on their rent instead of their utility bills.

We can do exactly the same for you.

Whether you are thinking about changing lightbulbs on 50 houses, or merging your stock with a neighbouring housing asssociation, wouldn’t it be good to ascertain the value and condition of your own assets before those decisions are made?

Make sure you are getting decent returns on your investment by first investing in the tools that will remove the guesswork, provide you with accurate and impartial data about the condition of your housing stock and help you make data-driven decisions about your retrofit programme.

Before you even start thinking about what your next energy efficiency initiative is, do contact us by clicking on the button below.

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Thermal Imaging Part 5: The influence of atmospheric conditions

Thermal Imaging Part 5: The influence of atmospheric conditions

Let's look at the influence of atmospheric conditions on thermal imaging surveying. After tech & science, colours, price and company selection, the last episode in our educational series tackles a favourite subject in the British psyche: the weather.

Thermal imaging or infrared  surveys are a hi-tech solution to building surveys. They really do move the game on from traditional methods of surveyors with clipboards or tablets relying upon decades of experience, but they are not infallible. Where a surveyor can survey in all weathers, infrared thermal imaging (IRT) is a bit more sensitive to moisture, temperature and humidity.

 

The influence of atmospheric conditions on IRT surveys

 

As you are ostensibly taking a picture of energy radiating from an object it makes sense that you don’t want anything to interfere with that radiation.  Although the word "radiation" may make you raise your eyebrows, it is all safe. If you have nice dry homes, with the heating on, the sun set two hours ago, it hasn’t rained that day, there is little wind, no fog or mist, then you can survey away and you will get awesome results.

The best atmospheric conditions for thermal imaging surveying are: after sunset, little wind, no rain, fog nor mist, and the heating on inside the houses.

 

Changing atmospheric conditions

Even with the current excellent weather forecasting capabilities, the best atmospheric conditions are often unpredictable. What can happen and how does it affect IRT surveys?

  • Turn up the wind however and all that lovely radiating energy will be blown from the surface you are trying to measure. Poop.

 

  • Wet the surface and double poop. The water cools the surface and absorbs the energy, then radiates it but with a different emissivity to the dry bits.

 

  • Switch the heating off and you lose the temperature difference between inside and outside. As a result, the energy has no incentive to move, so your thermal imaging surveying results will be poor. You will think the building is perfect.

Think about sitting in your lounge nice and cosy; the door to the cold hall gets open and suddenly the lounge feels cold. Why is that? That is due to the large difference in temperature, the heat cannot wait to leave and warm up the hall. Keep them both at the same temperature and you won’t experience this effect.
Another example: Take your cup of hot coffee outside on a cold day. It will get cold fast!
Your house is the same. The laws of physics and thermodynamics remain.

Rain and humidity in general are real no-no’s for a professional thermographer.

 

Educating clients on thermal imaging surveying technology

 

As IRT surveys, we conduct Continuous Personal Development (CPD) seminars up and down the UK every week for building surveyors raising awareness of the technology, its benefits and the optimal conditions to use it. We often ask people to think of their buildings inhaling and exhaling energy. To conduct an accurate defect or energy audit we need the building to inhale energy from the sun or your heating system, wait for it to absorb the energy then exhale. An infrared thermal image is an image of that energy being exhaled (or emitted). We can use big words, like thermal inversion, but we find it is better to use plain English in our communications and reports alike.

If you need to commission a survey to detect energy deficiencies of for your house stock or inspect your flat roof, do your research and choose a thermal imaging company wisely.

Once you have appointed your thermal imaging surveyor and they turn up to survey during daylight, rain or high wind , please protect your property and financial assets: get rid of them there and then. Contact us by clicking on the button below.

4 elements to unlock grants for your carbon obligations

4 elements to unlock grants for your carbon obligations

 

As a housing provider, you are aware of programmes such as CERT, CESP, HHCRO, HEEPS, NEEPS, SEEPS, REEPS, EEC, EESH, ECO and GD and you will have heard of DECC, EST, OFGEM, BG, SSE, EON, SAVA and the CT.

For the lay person, these are meaningless acronyms but for the professional like you they are the essential grant funding schemes helping you to deliver your carbon obligations.

Grant schemes for carbon obligations: The view from the energy advice providers

The last five years has seen major companies and SMEs go into administration trying their best to gear up to service the industry only to find the rug pulled from under them as the utilities companies shift focus to deliver their carbon obligations:  from cavity and loft insulation, to boilers, to external wall insulation and possibly back to cavity insulation again.

For these companies, treading through grant schemes is like “tight rope walking in two tonne shoes” as Chris Cornell’s song goes.  One false move and the company goes under. Focus on something hot right now and next month something else will be the new flavour. It is impossible to gear up for something that is fluid. The demise of the Mark Group and Climate Energy is a sad example of companies dependent upon regulations to survive.

The winning formula to access grants to deliver your carbon obligations

Yet, there are still vast sums of money available through grants to help housing providers save on their energy performance which in turn help people save money.

To unlock these grants, you need 4 elements:

  1. Be aware of the legislation.
  2. Truly understand the state of your housing stock today.
  3. Have your housing stock data ready to react to whichever way the energy wind blows.
  4. Road map a savings journey to logically make the most of the funding and address your priority challenges.

Carbon obligations: Meeting your requirements

For far too long the local authority and housing associations sector has been doing their best Oliver Twist impression and going cap in hand to the utility companies asking for more. For you as housing manager, the result is that you get whatever these companies are willing to give. Things that meet their agenda, not necessarily things that best meet your requirements.

If you get your data in good shape and can react quickly to the shifting demands of legislation then you will find the utility companies and contractors line up to help you. Your in-depth knowledge and understanding of your assets will make it easy for them to deploy their budgets and meet their targets. Knowledge will always be power.

You can join the many local authorities and housing associations that have their 4 components worked out in that magic formula and accessing funding to make a real difference to their housing stock and their tenants’ lives. They are using powerful software tools that IRT surveys have developed to manipulate their housing stock data and combine it with the latest legislation obligations.

To find out more about how these tools can help you ease the strain, contact us by clicking on the button below.