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Building Science Diagnostics and Analytics

Non-Destructive Testing and Energy Efficiency Analysis

ALLCORE Group Inc
Locate, Visualize and Document building problems including heat and energy loss, defective insulation, energy efficiency and other problems. Infrared thermography, building diagnostics and energy audit company in Greater Toronto Area, Ontario
3395 American Drive, unit 6
Mississauga
ON
L4V 1T5
Canada

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Discover What InfraRed Technology Can Do

Infrared Technology

The existence of infrared was discovered in 1800 by astronomer Sir Frederick William Herschel, born in Hanover, Germany.

 

However, only scientific research and development in the last few years turned thermography into a powerful tool for diagnostics, audits, monitoring, research and problem solving method for various issues in many industries including construction, manufacturing, medical science, energy and power generation sector, aerospace, national defense and many other industries of human activity.

Currently thermography is a separate branch of nondestructive testing with advanced scientific research basis, standards and procedures, certification system for industry specialists and outstanding achievements in the development and manufacturing of thermographic equipment

Infrared in Military and Airspace

Very recently these innovative technologies and methods of diagnosis were available only to Military, Airspace and a few other Restricted Industries of human activity ...

Infrared in Building Science Diagnostics

... and now our specialists use them to diagnose Residential, Commercial, Industrial and Institutional types of buildings

Thermography - Just Facts

Boston Marathon Bombings

Boston Marathon Bombings. Everybody has heard about the tragedy at the Boston Marathon but may be not everybody knows that a thermal imaging system manufactured by FLIR was instrumental in the detection and capture of the suspect.

 

Infrared images released by the Massachusetts State Police Air Wing appear to show Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

ALLCORE Group State of the Arts Building Science Thermography

for Small, Medium and Large Buildings

 

"Thermographic surveys of large and small buildings differ from each other like a day differs from a night"

ALLCORE Group Inc hold ourselves to the highest standards of excellence and accuracy in Building Inspection Industry. Professional equipment with NIST Calibration, engineering education with additional Level 2 Qualification of Thermography Experts as well as the most advanced equipment allow thermographic-engineers of our company to perform full, panoramic and detailed investigations of heat losses and technical conditions of all types of construction objects, including sophisticated complexes and high-rise buildings, as well as high voltage electrical lines which ensures the accuracy and reliability of surveys of energy leaks and temperature regime measurements of structures.

OUR SOFTWARE

 

Professional software allows us to analyze, measure, document and visualize in different color palettes slightest heat leakage and many other problems listed earlier

OUR NDT TESTING

 

Our Non-Destructive Testing equipment provides additional diagnostics and verification of most important technical characteristics of buildings and baseline Indoor Air Quality characteristics

OUR EQUIPMENT

 

Highly sensitive equipment allows us to detect and document even slightest:

 

heat leaks

moisture intrusion and potential mold

air leakages

missing  or defective insulation inside the walls

electrical and mechanical  faults

thermal bridges

deficiencies in CMU walls

plumbing leaks

faults in supply lines and district heating systems

latent defects of  radiant floor and ceiling heating systems

HVAC leaks and defects of insulation

windows and door  latent air /water  leakage and heat loss

exterior cladding system concealed faults

inert gas filled windows faults and much more...

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Risk Control

Risk Control

Overheating of electrical systems or its individual components can cause fires and according to statistics it represents a real threat not only to the owners and users of buildings but also inflicts unrecoverable and irreparable damage to the nature and urban infrastructures.

 

Our thermographic inspections able to detect temperature changes in hundredths fractions of a degree and therefore are perfect for technical inspections of electrical equipment

The National Fire Protection Association (US NFPA) 70B §11.17.5 suggests that every commercial and industrial building in the United States should have an IR survey at least once a year

According   to "Commissioning Procedures for Electrical and Mechanical Systems" (Public Works and Government Services Canada) when setting up an IR inspection program for an electrical distribution system, keep the following in mind: Inspections should be performed at least annually, all new/retrofitted equipment should be inspected within 24 hours of installation...

STATISTICS

Fire causes in Canadian homes and property were very similar to those reported for the United States (NFPA)

Home electrical fires

In 2009, an estimated 44,800 home structure fires reported to U.S. fire departments involved some type of electrical failure or malfunction as a factor contributing to ignition

These fires resulted in:

Home electrical distribution or lighting equipment fires

In 2009, an estimated 21,000 reported U.S. non-confined home structure fires involving electrical distribution or lighting equipment resulted in:

472

civilian deaths

 1,500 civilian injuries

$1.6 billion

in direct property damage

320

civilian deaths

 1,000 civilian injuries

$935 million

in direct property damage

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Excessive Heat/Energy Loss

Excessive Heat/Energy Loss

Just look at the massive heat losses in our homes and work and it becomes clear how energy-inefficient modern buildings are. Our thermographic inspections allow you to actually see and document escape of heat throughout the building structure, specify localization, analyze temperature regime and detect the causes, prepare unique materials to improve energy efficiency and reduce energy costs

 

 Today there is no more effective tool than thermographic inspection for documenting and visualizing heat and energy losses, insulation defects, air leakages, thermal bridges and many more

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Moisture Contamination

Moisture Contamination

Moisture Control is the Key to Mold Control and Property Protection. The presence of moisture in building envelopes, whether from leakage or condensation, can have serious consequences. For example, moisture in insulation reduces its insulating capability, causing heating and/or cooling losses and wasting energy. Moisture can also cause structural deterioration and foster the growth of mold, while a serious roof leak can damage or destroy a building’s contents.

 

Moisture is the most significant sours of Buildings damage. Therefore moisture control is the critical task for buildings owners and property managers. According to the Building Envelope Council of Ottawa Region “The infrared camera can be readily utilized to detect moisture intrusion in building structures in a much faster, more convenient and times safer way than conventional moisture detection devices.”

 

“Controlling moisture can make your home more energy-efficient, less costly to heat and cool, more comfortable, and prevent mould growth.”

(Moisture Control, U.S. Department of Energy)

 

 Moisture Control monitored by means of thermographic inspections of our company is a unique, fast, efficient, cost-effective way to detect failures in moisture management systems and document and visualize moisture intrusion within building structures.

 

 In addition, our company mandatorily performs measurements of relative humidity and moisture levels of building materials by other methods of control.

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Basic Indoor Air Quality Control & On Site Mold Testing

Basic Indoor Air Quality Control & On Site Mold Testing

On average, Canadians spend 90% of their time indoors at home and at work. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, indoor air is often more than 10 times (and sometimes more than 100 times) more polluted than outdoor air. Indoor air pollutants contribute to asthma as well as other respiratory conditions and diseases.

Indoor air quality (IAQ) is a term which refers to the air quality within  buildings and structures, especially as it relates to the health and comfort of building occupants. For Express on-site Mold testing we use special express on-site techniques and testing equipment.

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Air Leakage

Air Leakage

Air Leaks Waste Energy and Rot Houses. As a matter of fact that Air Leakage and Air Barrier Testing with Thermography  is non-invasive, quick and accurate inspection and the best way to find Air Leakage of Building Envelope, so that they can be repaired, improved the quality of life and reduced energy bills.

 

 The main advantage is that infrared survey gives a chance to visualize full sites of air leakage and failures of air barrier systems. Often it is  very difficult or even impossible to locate problems without time consuming and expensive destructive testing including partial destruction of the building structure

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Missing  or Defective Insulation and Thermal Bridges

Missing  or Defective Insulation and Thermal Bridges

Real case study of many buildings show that insulation problems may look like feeling cold in winter and hot in summer, high heating and cooling cost, problems with and rapid breakdown of heating and ventilation systems, low comfort, drafts, poor soundproofing, poor indoor air quality, dampness, moisture and mould, rotting and destruction of the building structure …

 

ALLCORE Group Infrared Thermographic Inspections able  used to detect and document any insulation anomalies and thermal bridges as a consequence of: poor workmanship, lack of quality control, poor design, environmental effects, moisture intrusion, shrinkage and degradation due to natural aging processes.

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Detailed Thermographic Examination and Non-destructive Diagnostics of Building Parts or Components

Detailed Thermographic Examination and Non-destructive Diagnostics of Building Parts or Components

Detailed Thermographic Examination and Non-destructive Diagnostics are performed to diagnose and identify energy losses and measurements of physical parameters of individual parts or elements of the building structure. For example Roofs, Building Envelopes, Windows, HVAC Systems, Electrical Equipment and other systems. Beside that it is also a mandatory element of the energy audit, commission procedures, surveys done prior implementing repairs and renovations and quality control upon completion of work.

 

 Detailed Thermographic Examination and Non-destructive is a powerful tool for diagnostics and analysis of building condition, focuses on key issues of building structures and identifies problems on early stage allowing them to be documented and corrected before they become more serious and more costly to repair

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Examination of Windows and Glass Curtain Walls

Examination of Windows and Glass Curtain Walls

According to different expert assessments up to 45% of energy loss can occur through closed windows and doors because of blind cracks, hidden problems associated with improper installation of blocks and inert gas losses by glass units. Hidden moisture leads to costly restoration…  Windows as well as metal and glass curtain walls generally account for as much as 50% to 100% of the exterior cladding of large buildings and are determining elements in the performance of the vertical building envelope.

 

 Thermographic inspections of  Windows and Glass Curtain Walls are unique, fast and most economical method that allows to perform survey of energy efficiency of windows and building structures made of glass, document the energy loss, moisture intrusion and loss of energy efficiency of windows and fencing systems due to leakage of the inert gas

Throw-away Buildings. Thermal Window Failure: How it Happens

by CBC Toronto (Click Here to read Full Article )

"Virtually all glass condominium towers feature window wall systems (floor-to-ceiling walls of glass) enclosing the entire facade.

 Window walls yield spectacular views, but owners who buy a condo unit for the view may not realize that they're relying on a couple of panes of glass separated by less than an inch of insulated space to protect them from the elements.

That insulated barrier will degrade over time, even as energy costs increase. On some buildings, five per cent of the thermal windows may have failed before they're even delivered to the construction site. Another 10 - 15 per cent will fail by the 20-year mark as they're exposed to the physics of heat expansion. By the 25 year-mark, a growing number will fail every year. Here's how it happens:..."

"...Seals fail and gas escapes. As the window seals deteriorate, the inert gas that is responsible for most of the window's insulating value escapes from the window unit.  Because the gas used in thermal windows is colourless and odourless, you won't be able to see that the window seal has failed.  Building scientists can detect the failure by shining a laser beam through the window, and measuring the changes to the amount of light that emerges on the other side of the glass.  Although the escaping gas will change the window's thermal rating (from R-4 at the centre of the glass for a middle-of-the-road unit, to R-2.5 (R standing for thermal resistance), the more annoying problem will come as the window unit begins to fog up..."

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Commissioning and Quality Control

Commissioning and Quality Control

For quality control purposes, many consultants, architects and building owners are specifying post-construction infrared testing to confirm the quality of materials and workmanship.

 

 Infrared Thermographic Assessment of Buildings, verify that buildings are correctly built and meet minimum energy performance as designed to meet  Energy Performance

 When project requires LEED certification Thermography  Inspection Report can be included as part of Energy and Atmosphere (EA) Credit 3 –Best Practice Commissioning. (Reference: Canadian National Master Specification, Section 02 27 13, approved  2007-12-31)

 “Commissioning reduces the likelihood that problems will remain after turnover. It helps the project team identify system deficiencies as early as possible and tracks their status until they are corrected. By identifying deficiencies early and using a systematic process to track them, commissioning assists the project team in providing a building that functions properly at turnover.” (Commissioning Guide for New Buildings, the “NRCan Guide” Minister of Natural Resources Canada, March 2010, www.nrcan.gc.ca)

“Systems found to be uncommissionable due to design errors and/or omissions shall be redesigned by the designer and re-commissioned at their own expense.  (PWGSC Commissioning Manual - CP.1)

We provide Top Infrared Thermographic Quality Control, Assurance and Commissioning  Services  based on the High Qualification of Experts, Professional Equipment and Software,  approved Standards including CAN/CGSB, ASNT, ASTM, Canadian NMS, RESNET, NAIS  and Best Practices  of  Building Thermography

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Air Leakage Testing (Blower Door Test)

Air Leakage Testing (Blower Door Test)

Blower Door Technology is worldwide recognized technique to test air tightness of buildings which allows to measure air-permeability and identify localization of hidden defects in the structure.

 

Use of infrared thermal imaging in conjunction with air-leakage tests allows to achieve maximum effectiveness and quality control of building structures because thermal cameras make it possible to graphically document areas of air infiltration and exfiltration.

 

With use of Building Pressurization Tests and Thermography our experts analyze, document, test and measure building performance of residential, commercial and institutional buildings.

Air-tightness test is a very effective solution for:

 verification of building quality prior buying

 quality control of renovation and structural repairs

 documenting commissioning procedures

New Energy Efficiency Requirements for Construction in Ontario

Ontario is a Canadian and North American leader in setting of  energy efficiency requirements for buildings and  the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing Ontario informed on the new 2012 requirements of the Ontario Building Code for new construction:

 

“If you apply for a building permit on or after Jan. 1, 2012, the proposed construction must conform to the enhanced energy efficiency requirements of Ontario’s Building Code. Energy efficiency requirements must meet the performance level that is equal to a rating of 80 or more when evaluated in accordance with the EnerGuide Rating System (based on Hot 2000 V9.34c1,2) [1] or conform to Supplementary Standard SB-12, which is referenced in the Building Code…

Amendments to the Building Code require an inspection to be made and a permit to be issued, prior to people occupying certain new residential buildings for which an application for a permit is made on or after Jan. 1, 2012.” (http://www.mah.gov.on.ca)

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Thermographic inspections of roofs and diagnostics of energy leaks in formation of icicles and roof icing

Thermographic inspections of roofs and diagnostics of energy leaks in formation of icicles and roof icing

Roof is the most important element of building structure. Energy leakage through walls, ceilings and roof represent a serious problem. Unfortunately, these defects cannot be seen with naked eye and make buildings susceptible to icicles formation, icing, moisture condensation on the upper floors, moisture concentration hidden inside walls and ceilings...which soon leads to the degradation of the building structure, constant additional costs for overhaul repairs of the roof and premises. Moisture, once it has entered roof assembly, may remain for the life of the roof and quickly destroy the building structure.

 

Leakages during winter time lead to large energy losses and accelerate wear and tear of heating system. Likewise, during summer time they create unbearable living conditions, cause additional costs for air conditioning facilities and accelerate deterioration of air conditioning system. Attempts to repair these issues without professional thermographic diagnostics usually result in additional unplanned costs and still do not fix the problem.

✔ Our Thermographic inspections provide fast and precise diagnostics of energy leaks through the roof and upper floors of buildings and thus makes it possible to eliminate these problems the most cost effectively way

 ALLCORE  Group Infrared Thermographic Inspections are fast, affordable, non-contact and non-destructive testing method to prevent roof failures, determine leaks, provide specific observations of conditions of existing roofing system and save customer's property and money

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Energy Audit

Energy Audit

Our company performs two types of energy audits: instrumental and analytical. Energy Audit provides a comprehensive diagnostics of energy loss in building structures using thermographic surveys and other types of diagnostics. Visualization of energy losses in the thermograms and computer analysis allows us to find and see the slightest energy leakage.

 

Survey results serve as a basis for:

preparation of plans for renovation and reconstruction,

development of energy efficiency measures,

construction quality control,

reduction in maintenance costs as well as building's technical services and utilities.

Our company can also  performs instrumental energy audit of specific parts or elements of building structure, for example, only roof or only building envelope.

 

Analytical energy audit provides economic analysis of cost of energy losses in exact calculated amounts. Analytical energy audit is performed by certified specialist and professional software. It provides an analysis of energy losses and specific recommendations.

 

 Instrumental and analytical energy audits performed together provide the most advanced analysis of energy losses in building structure and have priceless practical importance for assessment of: building technical condition, excessive costs, preparation of plans for repairs and renovations to improve comfort level of life and extend building's life cycle

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Property Buy/Sell

Property Buy/Sell

Use of professional thermographic inspections when buying or selling real estate has great advantages over other types of inspections as well as wide range of applications and provide:

 

 for buyers: valuable information about the actual condition of the property, reduce risk of buying troubled property

 for sellers: valuable information about the actual condition of the property, increases liquidity, confirms the quality of real estate

 for realtors and Real Estate Market Specialists  - constitutes The Best Professional Practice

 

Our thermographic inspections allow us quickly and efficiently inspect buildings of different types and sizes and diagnose wide range of issues. This is especially important when buying or selling real estate. The examination program may include both primary diagnostics as well as detailed examination of building structure. If desired, client may take a part in the inspection and oversee progress of the survey on the special client's monitor.

 

Express report can be prepared right on site upon completion of inspection.

 

Visualization of inspection results provide to the client full insight of all documented processes as it does not require client to have any special knowledge or training for easy understanding.

 

The result of inspections is diagnostics of property with calibrated thermographic and other equipment, professional software, meet standards, conducted by certified specialists and represents a forensic evidence of presence (or absence) of certain problems at the time of inspection.

Later on it can also be used to upgrade and improve building structure energy efficiency the most effective and economically beneficial method

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"Long Building Life" Inspection Program

ALLCORE Group "Long Building Life" Inspection Program is the crucial system of building inspections based on the latest scientific achievements of Building Science Thermography and Best Industry Practices.

 

Services are developed specifically for each structure to investigate and monitor destructive processes, analyze causes of degradation and provide remarkable information and recommendations  about construction details, faults, poor workmanship and  building performance.

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