Heritage Retrofit - Bute House

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"Experts in Thermal Imaging for Heritage Retrofit Magazine"

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The Building Conservation Directory recently published its first annual edition of Heritage Retrofit, a journal aimed at raising awareness of sustainability issues and innovations in older buildings and retrofit projects amongst architects and building surveyors.

We were delighted when editor, Jonathan Taylor, approached us to ask if would be able to provide an example of Thermography featuring an older building. A quick review of our projects lead us to the eye-catching panoramic Thermogram of Bute House, Edinburgh, shown above.

Thermal imaging is a powerful tool in highlighting issues relating to energy performance and latent defects across all types of buildings, however it can be invaluable when applied to listed buildings or those of historic significance, where preservation of the original building fabric is of the utmost importance.

In his featured article in Heritage Retrofit, Dennis Rodwell, Architect and International Consultant in cultural heritage and sustainable urban development, outlines some of the best approaches to preservation and retrofitting of historic buildings. As part of his methodology for evaluating the correct and appropriate retrofit measures Dennis states the best approach includes “assessment of the thermal characteristics and performance of the building envelope, for which expertise in thermal imaging is a crucial advance on theoretical U-values.”

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