Redwood Infrared for Building Solutions

A great number of the homes and other buildings throughout the North Coast were built prior to the implementation of California's Title 24 energy code. Since this is a temperate climate, many of these buildings were constructed with minimal insulation -- or in some cases no insulation at all.

Owners of older homes are often reluctant to invest in improvements unless they are going to gain more space or realize some other immediate enhancement in their overall level of satisfaction with the property. If it can be demonstrated that a particular measure will reap immediate rewards in the form of energy savings sufficient to quickly offset the cost of a project, most homeowners will go for it. The problem in many instances is that it is difficult to accurately identify the greatest opportunities for energy savings, and even more difficult to quantify the projected results of any given conservation measure.

Thermal imaging allows us to identify the low-lying fruit, and provides as well the means to calibrate computer models to reflect the reality of how the building is performing. It is a simple matter then to demonstrate before a single nail is driven just what energy cost savings benefit can be expected when any given conservation measure is implemented.

A side benefit of this approach is that we can easily identify any areas of a structure that are subject to moisture damage or the mold that can result when moisture is allowed to accumulate in a humid environment. While infrared cannot detect mold directly, it is a very effective non-destructive means of identifying conditions conducive to the growth of mold, and can be very useful in pinpointing the source of the problem, reducing the need to do exploratory demolition and thus drastically reducing the cost of repairs.

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