Infrared Survey Used to Reduce Fuel Bills
The pressure on local authorities to reduce fuel bills for their local residents has never been greater.
That’s why we were delighted when Clackmannanshire Council recently chose infrared thermal imaging as the most effective technology to achieve this.
After securing £130,000 in funding from the Scottish government, the Scottish council, which covers the likes of Sauchie, Tillicoultry, Dollar, Fishcross and Alloa, is using the hi-tech equipment to discover where heat is being lost in its housing stock.
The scheme is open on a first come, first served basis and it is particularly aimed at helping those who are vulnerable because of old age or low income.
Recent studies have shown that the number of people earning too little to cover heating bills in the UK remains 300,000 higher than 2010, prior to the double drip recession. That means two out of five households across the country are either in or close to fuel poverty, while in Scotland alone, it is estimated that around 1 million homes were in the same predicament in early 2012.
IRT Surveys has used infrared thermography to survey thousands of properties across the world and have helped several local authorities maximise the energy efficiency of their housing stocks.
As in all cases, we will survey properties for Clackmannanshire Council at night while the homes are being heated and provide a comprehensive and highly visual report breaking down the exact areas where heat is being lost and what can be done to rectify the issues.
It’s in project like these that the non-destructive nature of thermal imaging surveys is particularly crucial. While more traditional surveying methods may require residents to vacate their homes while destructive and time consuming tests are being carried out, we can capture everything in just a matter of seconds.
In reference to the project, Clackmannanshire Council’s housing convener, Councillor Les Sharp, said: “The council will be targeting older properties and areas that have been identified as having the potential for having failed insulation due to the age and type of insulation installed.
“Where insulation is failing, funding is available to remove the old insulation and to install new cavity wall insulation for free.
“The replacement of failed insulation will help prevent cold spots, dampness and condensation.”
We helped Aberdeen City Council with a similar project in which 22,000 properties were assessed as part of the body’s continued commitment to social housing.
The object of the program was to assess and improve the quality of insulation levels within the council’s stock in order to meet the Scottish Housing Standards utilising EEC funding (now known as CERT).
Each property was assessed for wall and loft insulation continuity along with the thermal performance of doors and windows.
Anomalies were quantified for size, additional energy use and CO2 production using our unique IRT rating software.
All inconsistent and poorly insulated properties were duly re-insulated surpassing Scottish Housing Stock Standards and meeting EEC requirements.