Using Infrared Thermography for the Study of Heat Transfer Through Building Envelope Components
Heat transfer through building envelope components is typically characterized by one number, the conductance. Such a characterization is best suited for homogeneous samples since it does not quantify or illustrate spatial variations within a sample. However, the growing use of advanced wall and window insulations with existing framing materials has increased the importance of understanding spatial heat transfer effects within building envelope components. An infrared thermography laboratory has been established to provide detailed quantitative and qualitative infor-mation on the spatial heat transfer effects of building envelope materials. The use of this facility for more effective product development and more accurate product characterization is discussed.