Several factors should be considered before investing in an infrared thermography (IRT) camera.* Issues such as ergonomics and easy user interface play a vital role in enabling efficient use of equipment. From a technical standpoint, minimum requirements are usually recommended.
There is no universal organization that governs the activities of the infrared thermography (IRT) industry. However, several professional societies have published standard practices that provide guidelines for the training of personnel, IRT surveys, and camera hardware recommendations.
The ability to detect trapped moisture within a wall system is useful in evaluating the condition of an exterior wall system, and critical for evaluating sheathing durability. Finding hidden water using non-destructive techniques such as infrared imaging can be useful if the techniques are used correctly.
In building code history, wood structures have been highly regulated. Experience gained from past fires contributed to what is still the basis of today’s modern building codes, which are traditionally slow to change, and therefore, retain limits and restrictions established in response to what occurred centuries ago.