How do we carry out a thermal survey on commercial buildings?

How do we carry out a thermal survey on commercial buildings?

We will try and book in a convenient time to visit your commercial building, naturally this will depend on the time of year (usually November-April) and forecast weather conditions.  Note that we may suggest rearranging for another date if the conditions turn out to be unsuitable such as heavy rain and/or high ambient air temperatures throughout the day and night. When our thermal engineer arrives on site, we’ll discuss in some detail the problems you have encountered with heat loss/draughts and any objectives you have.


How long does a Thermal Survey on Commercial Buildings take?
This depends to an extent on the size of your commercial building, but also on how involved you want to be.  We strongly encourage you or your site representative follows our engineer around during the survey – we will both learn more in the process, which will ultimately help us to help you.  We suggest you allow a minimum of 1 hour, and up to 2 hours if you have a lot of questions and/or a large dwelling. For large commercial buildings please allow up to 3-4 hours.

thermal imaging survey with infrared camera


When will you receive the thermal imaging survey report?
Usually within 1-2 days you will receive your thermal imaging report in PDF format, including copies of the images recorded, and our interpretation of what they are indicating. Most over companies take 1-2 weeks to supply the completed reports.


Extra Information for the different types of thermal Imaging Surveys

The importance of using one of our Level 3 trained thermographers cannot be understated as they are trained to be write predictive maintenance and inspection practices and to develop test procedures and ascertain severity criteria. To try and help clients prepare for the thermal imaging survey to their building, we have written the following article: How we carry our thermal Surveys on commercial buildings. Also, this article explains how we previous articles on how to prepare for thermal imaging surveys on commercial buildings. Also, to help facility managers with their electrical and mechanical surveys, we have written the following article: thermal imaging inspections for facilities management. Also, throughout the UK BREEAM projects are becoming more common place. BREEAM provides extra points to projects that have a BREEAM Thermal survey undertaken. As not many clients are aware of BREEAM thermal surveys, we have included more information in our ‘What is a BREEAM thermal Imaging Survey’ article.


Why pick APT Sound Testing to undertake your thermal survey?
Please note that our Thermography Engineer is trained to level 3, which is the highest level you can achieve as a thermographic engineer. We also use large format thermal imaging cameras; this provides you with the absolute best chance of solving any potential issues by utilising thermographic technology.


Please contact us for more information

If you would like to contact us for more information on our thermal imaging services, please contact us on 01525 303905 or email us at Alternatively if you would like more information on how to prepare for your thermal imaging survey, please visit our website here or download our thermal imaging checklist