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New building thermography 360 pages ebook - including blower door and heat flux meter !

Started by Davide Lanzoni. Last reply by Don Fitchett Jan 10, 2015. 3 Replies

Link to buying and pdf preview page: is a rich handbook (over 300 pages in original printed edition, much more in this ebook) about thermography applied…Continue

Tags: door, airtightness, blower, infrared, building

Expert Eye Needed

Started by Matthew P. Last reply by Ed Minch Nov 15, 2014. 17 Replies

Hi AllWanted to get the opinion of an expert.Attached is a photo of a customer's window.... as you can see there is a large cold spot above the window... Here's my I right?The large horizontal cold spot is thermal bridging from the…Continue

Tags: windows, ir

Google Thermal View?

Started by Joshua Knittel. Last reply by tedkidd May 31, 2013. 4 Replies

As most of you know, there is more to an energy audit or energy rating (such as a HERS rating) than just the thermal imaging - but this start up company is using it to get a nationwide database going.........Here's a link to the article on…Continue

Tags: Audit, business, Energy, Google, imaging

Infrared Image - What is it?

Started by Fluke Thermal Imaging. Last reply by Dale Sherman Apr 26, 2012. 6 Replies

We thought it'd be fit to share this infrared image we received from group member, CK Ang, in New Zealand. Just wanted to spark some discussion here on what you guys think this image is of, and what the problem could be. A little background on the…Continue

Tags: Fluke, Ti55FT, telephoto, lens, Ang

Timber Home with no effective air barrier

Started by Davide Lanzoni. Last reply by Sean Lintow Sr Apr 11, 2012. 1 Reply

Hi folks,just another image of a brand new timber home without an effective air barrier, and without sealing tapes.…Continue

New article on infrared thermography

Started by John Snell. Last reply by Jim Klebes Nov 17, 2011. 1 Reply

The Journal of Light Construction has long been respected as a place where builders can educate themselves and share information. I was recently asked to write an article introducing their readers to thermography and how it can be used in the…Continue

Moisture detection, a fascinating thermal signature

Started by John Snell Sep 9, 2011. 0 Replies

I don't mean to derail folks from this website to ours (I often send folks here too!) but that is exactly what I'm going to do because has a fascinating discussion about thermal signatures of…Continue

New York first passivhaus ...

Started by Davide Lanzoni. Last reply by John Snell Aug 25, 2011. 4 Replies

... with windows with a better R-value than walls ?…Continue

Using thermal imagers in the summer

Started by John Snell. Last reply by Tyson Pischel Jul 7, 2011. 5 Replies

Too many thermographers leave their imagers in the case during the summer. This comes, in part, from the way we used to work when imagers were not nearly as sensitive and our understanding of how to use them was limited to winter work.Get the darned…Continue

IR and Moisture Meters

Started by Bret Monroe. Last reply by allen p tanner Jun 23, 2011. 12 Replies

As many of you know the new RESNET Guidelines are being worked on and I am advocating for the use of Moisture Meters to ensure potential serious moisture problems in sidewalls and building substrate material is not being overlooked when identified…Continue

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Comment by Don Fitchett on September 3, 2014 at 6:41am

John, yes I would like to push the "Online" as that is what I said. I said it is the "... only provider of Online " . I did not say it is 'the only provider period'. I said it is the only ONLINE provider, who also meets the ASNT SNT-TC-1A recommendations ..." (The "online" part was the key reason for post, so should be the last thing you leave out when trying to disprove my statement. :)

Whether you question the quality of online training in general, is a different matter altogether, but the quality can't be as bad as you perceive since it  meets the ASNT SNT-TC-1A recommendations. (plus it also qualifies for NETA CTDs, and approved by the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors for 32 hours of continuing education, and other organizations like RCI and CITA continuing education credits)

I would be the first to step up and state in person instruction is better than online training. That statement is a no brainer, we all should already know. (something like Mr. Obvious would say. :) And I never claimed this online thermography training is better than in person training. Knowing in person training by the right person is better than online training should be 'a given' for the highly educated level of readers here. I was just letting those who didn't already know it, that ...

if you can't work in-person cost and scheduling into your life, there is an ONLINE IR Infrared training and certification option available that  meets the ASNT SNT-TC-1A recommendations.

That is all that short comment I previously made was stating. Hope this clarifies it for you John.

Comment by John Nicholas on September 2, 2014 at 2:57pm

Don,  You are incorrect!  This is *NOT* the only course available that meets the ASNT requirements.  I've taken both Level I and Level II courses from another training provider that meet the ASNT requirements.  In selecting my training from 2010 through now, I checked out 3 separate providers that meet the requirement. 

If you wish to push the 'Online' I would seriously question the quality of learning one would obtain.

Comment by Don Fitchett on September 2, 2014 at 11:53am

"This is the only provider of Online Infrared Thermography Training course that meet the ASNT SNT-TC-1A recommendations for a 32 hour curriculum." 

Comment by Jeremy Begley on February 9, 2014 at 1:25pm

What does anyone think about these? Do know anything about the specs? 

IPhone/Android Thermal Imager

Comment by Bruce A. Bailey on August 29, 2013 at 10:07am

Does anyone have a recommendation for best level 1 IR training in the Southeast US with emphasis on energy auditing and Energy rating? Thanks

Comment by John Wes on July 8, 2013 at 3:39pm

Looking to buy a thermal imaging camera soon. Want to know what is the best one out there for the features and price?




Comment by Judi Lyall on May 30, 2013 at 4:20pm

Hello Folks,

     I have decided to retire and would like to sell my equipment. I have a rarely used 2 year old FLUKE TiR. I used it for checking insulation and building science stuff. Asking 3490.00, my number is 818.625.0987 Here is the details: FLUKE%20001.JPG

Includes IR-Fusion® Technology both in camera and software (combines visible image with IR image in full screen or picture-in-picture views) for easy identification and reporting of problems
Rugged and reliable: Engineered to withstand a 2 m (6.5 ft) drop
9.1 cm (3.6 in) diagonal landscape color VGA (640 x 480) LCD
Temperature range and thermal sensitivity optimized for building diagnostics applications
Perfect for any application and budget
Excellent thermal sensitivity for seeing even small temperature differences (which could indicate problems)
Adjustable hand strap for left- or right-handed users
Everything needed to get started is included.
Training DVD is now included free. See how easy it is to set up your thermal imager, create professional reports with SmartView software and learn thermography theory with step-by-step video instructions.
Manufactured in the U.S.A.

ONLY 3490.00                       CALL ME 818.625.0987

Thanks Judi Lyall 

Comment by Joshua Knittel on May 21, 2012 at 4:46am

As most of you know, there is more to an energy audit or energy rating (such as a HERS rating) than just the thermal imaging - but this start up company has a good idea on how to get a nationwide database going.....

Here's a link to the Treehugger article:

Comment by John Snell on May 26, 2011 at 5:09pm
No, despite what some suggest, it is not a simple process to determine R-value or otherwise quantify heat transfer based on a single thermal image. Still, images can be very compelling and other tests can fill in the numbers.
Comment by Hal Skinner on May 26, 2011 at 5:02pm

That was what I had somewhat envisioned for that test.


One room in a home.  Half the wall painted with the coating and half with regular paint and thermal picture from the outside to show the heat energy reduction.


The 2nd test would be painting the coating on a section of a wall and regular paint on the EXTERIOR wall, again both on the same wall of a room - half and half, to show the reduction.


What I am most curious to see is if what it shows on the thermal picture can be measured in some form.  Or, is that going to require other measuring equipment to determine exactly what % of reduction we are looking at in the thermal picture.


What radiation / heat energy they see on one half vs what they see on the other.  Can a thermal inage akone determine that?


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