In-Construction Testing of the Thermal Performance of Dwellings Using Thermography

  • Tim Taylor
  • John Littlewood
  • Steve Goodhew
  • Andrew Geens
  • John Counsell
  • Joanne Hopper
  • Tim Blanch
  • David Sharp
Part of the Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies book series (SIST, volume 12)

Abstract

If the UK target for all new homes to be zero carbon by 2016 is to be achieved in practice, and not just in theory, considerable attention will need to be paid to closing the gap between designed and built performance. Physical test methods capable of providing evidence that the design thermal performance of the building fabric is achieved in construction will be a key element in seeking to close this gap. This paper presents an argument for developing test methods suitable for in-construction testing, and explores the benefits and limitations of thermal imaging techniques (thermography). The method and findings of a pilot thermography study are reported, which identifies some practical considerations for the use of the technique on a “live” construction site. The paper will be of interest to thermography practitioners, housing developers and researchers interested in methods of investigating the thermal performance of energy efficient dwellings.

Keywords

Thermal Performance Building Envelope Test Apartment Zero Carbon Standard Assessment Procedure 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tim Taylor
    • 1
  • John Littlewood
    • 1
  • Steve Goodhew
    • 2
  • Andrew Geens
    • 3
  • John Counsell
    • 1
  • Joanne Hopper
    • 1
  • Tim Blanch
    • 4
  • David Sharp
    • 4
  1. 1.The Ecological Built Environment Research & Enterprise GroupUniversity of Wales Institute Cardiff, Cardiff School of Art & DesignCardiffUK
  2. 2.School of Architecture, Design and the Built EnvironmentNottingham Trent UniversityNottinghamUK
  3. 3.Centre for Engineering Research and Environmental Applications, Faculty of Advanced TechnologyUniversity of GlamorganPontypriddUK
  4. 4.Coastal Housing Group LtdSwanseaUK

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