Two volunteers from Sustainable Cottenham carried out Thermal Imaging surveys on 13 houses early in 2018. The cold weather allowed us more easily to highlight areas where insulation could be improved, or to identify other problems. Most of the visits provided reassurance to householders that they had no unseen problems, other than unevenly spread loft insulation, or perhaps a very drafty loft access hatch. Several houses, however, had more interesting issues. These houses were of recent construction, and had either not been finished to an efficient standard, or had been altered so as to compromise the thermal efficiency (warmth!) of several rooms. The thermal camera added support to previous suspicions and suggested areas where improvements could be carried out.
South Cambridgeshire District Council has a number of thermal imaging cameras available to be borrowed by residents. Although Sustainable Cottenham has offered the service for a number of years, and may well continue to do so, the cameras are easily used and can be booked out from SCDC offices in Cambourne. To arrange to borrow a camera, contact 03450 450 063 or email Thermal.Imagery@scambs.gov.uk Plan ahead, as in mid-winter (when the cameras give the best results) they get very busy.
For more information see: www.scambs.gov.uk/community/community/the-sustainable-parish-energy-partnership/thermal-imaging-camera/