Validation of quantitative IR thermography for estimating the U-value by a hot box apparatus

I. Nardi, D. Paoletti, D. Ambrosini, T. De Rubeis, S. Sfarra

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Energy saving plays a key role in the reduction of energy consumption and carbon emission, and therefore it is essential for reaching the goal of the 20-20-2020 policy. In particular, buildings are responsible of about 30% of the total amount of Europe energy consumption; the increase of their energy efficiency with the reduction of the thermal transmittance of the envelope is a point of strength with the actions and strategies of the policy makers. Currently, the study of energy performance of buildings is based on international standards, in particular the Italian one allows to calculate the U-value according the ISO 6946 or by in-situ measurements, using a heat flow meter (HFM), following recommendations provided in ISO 9869. In the last few years, a new technique, based on Infrared Thermography (IRT) (also referred to as Infrared Thermovision Technique - ITT), has been proposed for in situ determination of the thermal transmittance of opaque building elements. Some case studies have been reported. This method has already been applied on existing buildings, providing reliable results, but also revealing some weaknesses. In order to overcome such weak points and to assess a systematic procedure for the application of IRT, a validation of the method has been performed in a monitored environment. Infrared camera, the heat flow meter sensors and a nearby meteorological station have been used for thermal transmittance measurement. Comparison between the U-values measured in a hot box with IRT as well as values calculated following international standards and HFM results has been effected. Results give a good description of the advantages, as well as of the open problems, of IR Thermography for estimating the U-value. Further studies will help to refine the technique, and to identify the best operative conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Article number012006
JournalJournal of Physics: Conference Series
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 16 Nov 2015
Externally publishedYes

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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