In an innovative environmental pledge, the City of Vancouver government are beginning a new pilot project, using heat vision technology to identify weak housing insulation. Designed to help the public cut down their energy bills, the project also aims to raise awareness of the issue of poor insulation, a crucial factor in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
It’s not a new concept to those familiar with the method of using thermal images to diagnose issues but this housing project is notable for being government sponsored.
Similarly funded programs have been run in Detroit, London and Liverpool, and although it may be a while until this concept becomes even more widespread, so far it’s demonstrated positive results.
In the Canadian city, staff employed by the local government will be making their way around five neighbourhoods, capturing thermal snapshots of 15,000 properties. Those snapshots will then be sent to the respective home owners, along with programs and advice on how to insulate those cold spots.
Heat vision cameras are a powerful way to identify poor insulation, with the ones used by the project designed to pinpoint exposed areas down to the corners of windows and doorways.
They’ll be mounted on cars in the manner of Google’s Street View vehicles and will cost around $6 per home to use. They also can’t see past the house walls, a reassurance being offered to those worried about privacy.
The group in charge promise that as a result, homeowners will get the opportunity to conserve their energy usage and save money on their bills, as well as stay a little warmer during the bitter winter months.
Whether occupants have got windows that aren’t fully protected from the outer elements, or a roof that is leaking all that expensive heat, this project has the potential to make a palpable difference to their home.
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From another perspective, the local government will have succeeded in their environmental pledges to reduce greenhouse gases by 20% in homes by 2020. At the moment, a remarkable 55% of Vancouver’s greenhouse gas emissions comes from buildings alone, yet reducing this percentage is well within their reaches with the implementation of effective home insulation.
The project is due to begin on 15 January 2017 and will last several weeks before reaching completion. The City of Vancouver government hope that it can be continued next year, ensuring improved insulation in homes across the city.
In the event of another successful thermal imaging project, those in environmental building and home insulation can look forward to further investments in the future.