FLIR B-Series infrared cameras are being used by a German master bricklayer and plasterer for building insulation and floor leak inspections.
Günther Buchstaller, a master bricklayer and plasterer based in Ruhpolding, a resort in the Bavarian Alps specialises in water damage assessment as well as thermographic inspection and analysis of residential buildings using FLIR infrared cameras.
Rising fuel costs in Germany are encouraging a greater number of homeowners to go in for thermographic inspections of their houses.
Infrared cameras show temperature differences over entire surfaces. The measurement of house façades and walls is based on the temperature differences of the house inside, outside and the wall structure.
Buchstaller sets the reflected temperature parameter before every measurement of a building object to get an accurate temperature measurement. He considers this more important than setting the degree of emissivity, the amount of heat radiation that is emitted by every object or subject.
In addition to correct scanning, the interpretation of the imagery requires a solid knowledge of local building techniques, materials and rules. Buchstaller uses the ThermaCAM Reporter software to provide his customers with a comprehensive report that includes imagery, description and advice for fault resolution.
He sets the camera on a rainbow colour pallet, so that the customer can better see the temperature differences on the measured objects. FLIR infrared cameras can also reveal where not to drill when doing leak surveys or water damage assessments.
Buchstaller finds the FLIR B360 infrared cameras very useful for his work. He explains that the camera’s screen size is important, not only for user comfort, but also for the customer who finds the technology quite impressive.
He also finds the tiltable lens unit very handy while the camera’s light weight makes working very easy.
With skyrocketing heating costs and an affordable technology opening up new market and service perspectives for building professionals, Buchstaller expects to amortise his infrared camera within two years.
FLIR B-Series infrared cameras are available in Australia from FLIR Systems Australia .