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Post-construction verification of materials and workmanship
Blue (cooler) areas indicate missing insulation inside the wall.
For quality control purposes, many consultants, architects and building owners are specifying post-construction infrared testing to confirm the quality of materials and workmanship. Whether the goal is rigorous full building commissioning or a more modest program of acceptance testing, inspections of the building envelope and roofing system are critical to evaluating the construction and performance of your new facility. The objective hard-copy documentation provided by our in-depth reports verifies installation of critical building components, helps reduce litigation, and encourages positive solutions to any disputes.

Do you have a new building that is not performing as expected? Our building envelope inspections can detect hidden structural problems, poor construction practices, and existing and potential sources of air and water infiltration in recently constructed buildings. We can also verify the proper installation of insulating materials.

Do you have concerns about your new building's thermal, energy, or structural performance? Do you suspect areas of missing, misplaced, or compressed insulation? A professional building commissioning inspection will help protect your investment and document your contractors' adherence to your specifications.

What the experts say..

NASA Reliability Centered Building and Equipment Acceptance Guide
For new structures, the most common concerns after structural integrity are temperature and environment relationships. The desire is for the facility to keep the "outside" out, and the "inside" in. Consequently, because temperature differentials are being investigated, infrared thermography (IRT) is the technology of choice. read more.. (NASA)

Meticulous Study Makes the Case for Cost-Effective Commercial-Building Commissioning
Commercial building owners have heard the promises: commissioning is a highly cost-effective way to verify that a building is performing the way it was intended to perform. The process identifies and remedies design flaws, construction defects, malfunctioning equipment, and other problems, repaying owners with lower energy bills and other benefits. That’s the promise—but most building owners have yet to be convinced to try commissioning....A new Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) study that meticulously compiles and standardizes commissioning data from 224 commercial buildings—by far the largest available collection of standardized information on actual building experiences—may help owners overcome this hesitancy. read more.. (by Nadine Lihach, BetterBricks/Berkeley Lab)

The Cost-Effectiveness of Commercial-Buildings Commissioning
A Meta-Analysis of Energy and Non-Energy Impacts in Existing Buildings and New Construction in the United States. read more.. (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Report Number 56637, Environmental Energy Technologies Division)

Building Commissioning
What is it? The National Conference on Building Commissioning has established an official definition of ‘Total Building Commissioning’ as follows: “Systematic process of assuring by verification and documentation, from the design phase to a minimum of one year after construction, that all facility systems perform interactively in accordance with the design documentation and intent, and in accordance with the owner’s operational needs, including preparation of operation personnel.”....Remedying these deficiencies can result in a variety of benefits. read more.. (U.S. General Services Administration)

Retro-Commissioning & Commissioning Building Envelope Systems to Reduce Health Risks & Improve IAQ: What We Have Learned To Date
In the retro-commissioning situations, the diagnostic evaluations included observations of existing drawings; on-site visual observations of wall, roof, and floor/slab; actual construction during and after intrusive disassembly; infrared thermography observations; field modified ASTM moisture intrusion window system testing; ASTM concrete moisture testing; and standardized mold/fungi source testing procedures. read more.. (Turner Building Science, LLC)

The use of infrared thermography in detection, remediation and commissioning of thermal comfort problems in office buildings
Infrared thermography was used as an effective and nondestructive means of not only measuring relevant surface temperatures during times when problems were present, but it also provided project managers and occupants with visual proof of the magnitude of the problem and why it could not be resolved by modifications to available mechanical systems. read more.. (Technology and Environment site, Public Works and Government Services Canada)

Building Commissioning: An Overview
Building commissioning is an important quality assurance service in the building industry. More and more engineering firms are considering commissioning services as a core business component. Commissioning is being integrated into the construction process to ensure that owners and investors get good buildings for their investments. It is a method of risk reduction for new construction projects or major capital improvements (i.e. renovations) and it is a comprehensive way to assess and tune up performance of existing buildings. read more..

Building Commissioning for Schools
The National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities' resource list of links, books, and journal articles on building commissioning. read more.. (NCEF)

The Building Commissioning Association
The BCA's goal is to achieve high professional standards, while allowing for the diverse and creative approaches to building commissioning that benefit our profession and its clients. read more.. (BCA)

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Certified Thermographers and Ongoing Training: Our commitment to certification, education and training is unsurpassed in the industry. Infra-red Analyzers’ Certified Thermographers have completed courses of study and passed examinations as specified by the American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT). In addition to ASNT certification, we provide ongoing training and support to our staff in all applications of thermographic testing.

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Professional Outreach and Education: We make presentations on infrared thermography and nondestructive testing to industry groups of all sizes. We encourage the development of industry-wide professional standards to ensure that the public receives the full benefits of this technology. Our president has also trained thermographers at the national level.

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