SEEK and FLIR Disrupt IR Camera Technology

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SEEK and FLIR Disrupt IR Camera Technology

Infrared (IR) cameras have gotten better and cheaper over the last couple of decades. New products from upstart SEEK Thermal and old-timer FLIR verge on being disruptive technologies, given their pocket size and remarkable pricing.

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Author: Paul Raymer
April 30, 2012

Long ago, when I started in this business, I wished for a pair of glasses that I could put on to see how the air was moving. (Now I wear glasses all the time just ... [continue reading]

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Pimp My Blower Door Kit: Blower Door Makeover

Author: Greg Labbe
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In these tough economic times, it's appropriate to invest time in repairing and maintaining things, to make manufactured goods last longer and to save money. Besides, it feels good to repair something yourself, and working ... [continue reading]

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You may have heard of houses and neighborhoods exploding due to gas leaks in old pipes under the streets. Inside the home, detecting combustible-gas leaks is an important part of combustion safety testing. Gas connections ... [continue reading]

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Author: Paul Raymer
January 04, 2011

One of the most frequently asked questions that I get when I teach building science courses is, “What equipment should I buy to get started in this business?” There is no question that ... [continue reading]

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Data Logging Primer

Author: Steve Mann
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There are many reasons to measure things in the building science world. For instance, you may need to commission a commercial building to guarantee temperatures, air flows, or other comfort parameters. You may need to ... [continue reading]

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I am a manufacturer’s representative for Chimney Balloon USA. Since Chimney Balloons are air sealing devices for the fireplace, I use a smoke pencil to exhibit the effectiveness of this product. I conducted ... [continue reading]

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