RESNET & Infared Thermography

January/February 2010
A version of this article appears in the January/February 2010 issue of Home Energy Magazine.
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January 08, 2010
The Residential Energy Services Network steps in to define quality infrared camera inspections and spells out the qualifications needed to conduct one.
New-housing market crashes, 110 million homes need retrofitting, and billions in stimulus money for efficiency hits the streets! Such a scene could not have been more perfectly set for drama, unless it was for a new blockbuster movie. Against this big screen plays another less flashy scene, a classic good news/bad news story line. The good news: The price of infrared (IR) cameras has plummeted, and they are easier to use than anyone had ever imagined. The bad news: Any fool can buy an IR camera, and many do! Besides, how hard can it be to “audit” a home? The sad reality is that what has been lost in this mad rush to market is the very high-quality work that many good auditors and raters are doing—and can do to 110 million homes—with today’s truly amazing IR systems. It could be argued, in fact, that these efficiency retrofits—key to reducing CO2, energy use, and unemployment— can’t be done effectively without IR technology. Into the scene steps the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET)—maybe not exactly the White Knight, but a wellrespected organization nevertheless—to help clarify ...

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