Bite-Size Session: Construction, Competence and Compliance - New, Innovative and Cost Effective Thermographic Techniques for Buildings - London
In the space of ten years, thermography has transitioned from the expensive technical fringe to a mainstream acceptable Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) tool. Across the industry, new and innovative techniques are being developed, but more importantly through accredited training and peer group reviews, defined processes and methods ensure that a quality product can be delivered in a timely cost effective manner.
This session tells a story, which begins almost 2 years ago, when a local MP wrote to the (then) Department for Communities and Local Government in April 2016 requesting that infrared thermography be included as a Building Regulations Part L compliance check alongside Air Tightness. While recognising that, "thermal imaging and thermographic surveys can be beneficial and would not seek to discourage this practice…", the request was declined on the grounds that:
a. It does not give quantitative results against which standards can be readily set;
b. It is considered not practical to develop a mandated performance test for the thermal imaging of new build housing, and;
c. Thermographic surveys of buildings depend very strongly on the internal and external environmental conditions.
Trainers Ray Faulkner and Bruce Arnold will:
a. Present the sorts of thermographic anomalies that led the local MP to compare the poor quality of much modern construction as, "the buildings’ equivalent of ‘Dieselgate’";
b. Explain how quantitative thermographic techniques and standards have been developed;
c. Illustrate how these techniques have been used to identify where the thermal performance of a building fabric falls below the standards;
d. Describe how the influence of internal and external environmental conditions can be overcome through thermographer competence – training, skills testing and audit of work product;
e. Introduce the new thermographer competency scheme, called ILCA, that is designed to achieve this aim.
About the trainers
Ray Faulkner is a PCN Level3 Thermographer, owner and managing director of the iRed Academy and the Infrared Licencing and Certification Agency (ILCA). He started the company in 2002 as a complete change from a successful career as an airline captain with KLMuk. Ray has played an active part in the United Kingdom Thermography Association (UKTA) as vice-chair and chair of the Buildings Committee until he completed its restructuring as an ‘Authority’ in November 2015. Ray is still an active committee member on BINDT thermography working groups (CM & NDT) and a BSI working committee member. In 2013 he sponsored the ABBE Level 3 & Level 4 Building Thermography qualifications to satisfy the need for competency qualifications for thermographers in the residential and commercial built environments respectively.
Bruce Arnold CEng, FIMechE, MCIBSE is a PCN level 2 thermographer and senior trainer at iRed Academy. As a chartered engineer with many years’ service as an engineering officer on naval nuclear submarines, Bruce’s experience as thermographer and a Home Condition Surveyor makes him ideally suited to lead iRed’s specialist residential investigative projects and carry out dispute resolution thermographic surveys. Bruce is also immediate past-chairman of the IMechE’s Construction and Building Services Division (CBSD) and also a member of the UKTA committee, chairing the Building Thermography Sub-committee.
What did delegates say about previous sessions?
"Excellent ... de-mystifying a technical subject, whilst also putting it into context"
"Excellent coverage for both established Green Register members and novices"
"Informed recommendations and some myths debunked"
"The practical detail and demonstration was most useful, and very clear"
"Lots of stuff I didn’t know! Enjoyed the interactive format"
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