Thermography to Support BREEAM

BREEAM (BRE Environmental Assessment Method) is the leading and most widely used environmental assessment method for buildings and communities. It sets the standard for best practice in sustainable design and has become the de facto measure used to describe a building’s environmental performance.
UKTA (United Kingdom Thermography Authority) is a special interest group affiliated to BINDT (British Institute of Non Destructive Testing) and promotes the professional application of thermography to all branches and applications of the technology.
At this time, UKTA is devising a Scheme whereby professionally qualified thermographers can be called upon to carry out surveys in the built environment such that, in association with a BREEAM assessor, credits can be awarded to projects as part of their overall BREEAM Assessment.
Having already engaged with BRE, UKTA has formed a sub-group to look specifically at the creation of a Competent Persons Scheme which BRE, UKTA and its appropriately qualified members can be engaged on projects where the developer, design team and contractor, through a BREEAM ASSESSOR, can gain credits by the adoption of a UKTA – BREEAM Thermographic Survey.
To this end, The SOR (Scheme Operating Requirements) and the SRR (Survey and Reporting Requirement) are now into penultimate draft stages. Bruce Arnold, a UKTA Committee Member is leading on these documents.
The following timescale is what we are working towards:

  1. Produce the next draft of the SRR and SOR – end May 2016
  2. Draw up a Project Plan
  3. Issue to UKTA committee members with agenda for next UKTA scheduled for 21 June in Northampton and members to either endorse Bruce’s document or bring specifics to the meeting in June.
  4. Final draft by early July
  5. Copy then to BINDT for input comments end of July
  6. Subject to BINDT approval, confer with BRE early September
  7. Expectation would be to let BRE have input
  8. Publish on UKTA website for MEMBERS only to see and comment
  9. Establish administration and governance in parallel with the above – May through end 2016.
  10. Launch the Scheme – towards end of 2016.

BREEAM Thermography Requirements
To encourage a properly planned handover and commissioning process that reflects the needs of the building occupants, one credit can be obtained by testing and inspecting the building fabric:

One credit – Testing and inspecting building fabric

6. The commissioning and testing schedule and responsibilities credit is achieved.

7. The integrity of the building fabric, including continuity of insulation, avoidance of thermal bridging and air leakage paths is quality assured through completion of post construction testing and inspection. Dependent on building type or construction, this can be demonstrated through the completion of a thermographic survey as well as an airtightness test and inspection (see compliance notes CN6 and CN7. The survey and testing is undertaken by a Suitably Qualified Professional (see Relevant definitions) in accordance with the appropriate standard.

8. Any defects identified in the thermographic survey or the airtightness testing reports are rectified prior to building handover and close out. Any remedial work must meet the required performance characteristics for the building/element

From: Technical Manual: Version: SD5076 – Issue: 2.0 – Issue Date: 07/08/2014
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UKTA approved thermographers who are qualified to undertake BREEAM type surveys.