Thermal Imaging Surveys for BREEAM

Thermal Imaging Surveys for BREEAM

The Importance of Thermal Imaging Surveys for BREEAM

Thermal imaging surveys are important for BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) for several reasons:

  1. Verify Thermal Performance: BREEAM environmental assessment method calls for thermal imaging surveys of the building fabric to verify that the thermal performance of a building is as designed.
  2. Identify Energy Loss: Thermal imaging can identify areas of energy loss through the building fabric, which is crucial for reducing the environmental impact of construction and ongoing usage of the building.
  3. Attain BREEAM Credits: Thermal imaging surveys can provide one BREEAM credit towards your building, which can improve your BREEAM rating.
  4. Resolve Heat Loss Issues: Thermal imaging surveys can quickly and conclusively resolve heat loss issues, which is crucial for the ongoing energy efficiency of the building.
  5. Compliance with Building Regulations: Thermal imaging is the best way to assess continuity of insulation or locate air leakage paths in a completed building. This helps project teams comply with the Building Regulations, specifically Part L4 and achieve building control signoff.
Thermal Imaging Surveys for BREEAM

The Minimum Requirements for BREEAM Thermal Surveys

BREEAM Thermal imaging surveys should be conducted by certified inspectors to ensure accuracy and compliance. For BREEAM thermographic surveys, a minimum of Level 2/Category 2 certification in accordance with ISO 18436-7 is required. This certification requires approved training, stringent examination, and a minimum of 1200 hours of hands-on experience.

It’s worth noting that Level 1 thermographer is not permitted under ISO 18436-7 to conduct surveys unless working under the direction of a Level 2 thermographer. As of 6th June 2014, the PCN (Civil) Level 2 and ABBE Level 4 Building Thermographer qualifications are also recognised by the UKTA as suitable for BREEAM thermographic surveys. It’s always best to check with your specific BREEAM assessor to check they are happy with your thermographer’s qualifications.

Why Carry Out Thermal Imaging Surveys to ISO 18436-7:2014?

ISO 18436-7:2014 is an international standard that specifies the requirements for qualification and assessment of personnel who perform machinery condition monitoring and diagnostics using infrared thermography.

Here are some key points about ISO 18436-7:2014:

  • It provides recognition of the qualifications and competence of individuals to perform thermal measurements and analysis for machinery condition monitoring using portable thermal imaging equipment.
  • This procedure might not apply to specialized equipment or other specific situations.
  • It specifies a three-category classification programme that is based on the technical areas delineated in the standard.
  • A certificate or declaration of conformity to ISO 18436-7:2014 is often required for professionals conducting thermographic surveys, including those for BREEAM.

The Required Thermal Camera Specification for BREEAM

The minimum thermal camera specification for a BREEAM thermal imaging survey is a resolution of 320×240. However, most professional thermographers use a 640×480 camera, which has 4 times more pixels per image, to ensure adequate analysis. Some services also specify the use of large format FLIR thermal imaging cameras with 45-degree lenses which can cost upwards of £30K. Please note that these specifications can vary and it’s always best to check with the specific requirements of your BREEAM survey.

How Do I Find a Suitably Trained BREEAM Thermographer

There are several resources available to help you find a certified thermographer:

  • IACT (International Association of Certified Thermographers): The IACT maintains a list of certified thermographers and technicians who have had their training and certification verified and accepted by the respective board to undertake BREEAM thermal surveys.
  • UKTA (United Kingdom Thermography Association): The UKTA is an association of professional practitioners of thermography. It provides a list of certified thermographers who are fully qualified in thermal imaging for BREEAM.
Thermal Imaging Surveys for BREEAM

Please note that these are just a couple of examples and there may be other organisations or resources available depending on your location and specific requirements.

Why choose us for your BREEAM Thermal imaging inspection?

We provide a professional thermal inspection service which surpasses the specification required by BREEAM. Our thermographers are Level 3 certified, which is the highest accreditation available.

It’ worth noting that our air tightness and thermal imaging services include the following:

  • UKAS accredited and ATTMA Level 2/3 certified.
  • UKAS calibrated equipment.
  • Level 3 thermographic certification
  • Large format 640 x 480 FLIR cameras
  • A detailed report which includes thermal indexing formula for fault diagnosis, qualification, and severity grading.

To discuss options and arrange for one of our thermographic surveyors to visit, you site please call APT Sound Testing on 07775 623464 to arrange an appointment; or email us at Alternatively, please visit our website at:

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