Scottish homes benefit from infrared thermography

Category: Detect & Inspect Property Defects

SFHA is using infrared thermography for 40,000 homesThe latest phase of IRT Surveys’ project with the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) has identified conceivable savings of £271 per home from changes to fabric alone.

The findings underline the importance of the scheme for Scotland’s housing associations and time is running out to get involved, with just 1500 places left for members keen to take advantage of our £5 offer.

Five thousand homes were surveyed with thermal imaging for phase three of the large-scale project, revealing a potential carbon reduction of over 8.5 million CO2 per year and savings of £1,357,000 from installations of increased insulation, double glazing, draught proofing and energy efficient lighting.

As we blogged about recently, knowing the condition of every inch of your property stock is absolutely critical to secure ECO funding and that’s why infrared thermography is more relevant in 2013 than ever before. Not only is the technology quick, non-destructive and cost-effective, but it also provides property owners with clear and visual evidence of every problem area they must address.

Designed to help SFHA members equip their properties for the future, this particular project will see a total of 40,000 homes across Scotland surveyed in order to make them more cost effective and energy efficient for residents.

Initially run as a Scottish Government-funded pilot for 10,000 homes in 2009-10, the success of that scheme resulted in the offer being extended to more associations and homes. Those SFHA members signed up to the scheme are able to view their properties on the Carbon Portal website, ascertain how much CO2 is being emitted and establish exactly how much tenants could save if insulation was carried out to the properties.

By improving insulation across the affordable housing stock in Scotland, tenants could benefit from collective fuel cost savings of £13 million per annum. Meanwhile, as landlords of 270,000 affordable homes in Scotland, SFHA and its membership have identified an opportunity to make an early contribution of up to 6% of Scottish Government targets for carbon emissions from domestic energy consumption. The project aims to accelerate retrofit activities and help housing associations compile an accurate bank of data on their existing housing stock and its current carbon performance.

The full figures for phase three were:

Energy kWh p/y

CO2 kg p/y

£s p/y

Savings from Defects




Additional insulation on Walls




Additional insulation on Roofs




Improving Glazing




Improving Draught Proofing




Installing Energy Efficient Lighting




Total Savings





If you are interested in getting involved then please get in touch as soon as possible.