Quantitative infrared thermography to supplement home energy audits

dc.contributor.advisorStiver, W.
dc.contributor.authorLa Croix, Danielle
dc.date.accessioned2020-12-16T16:40:29Z
dc.date.available2020-12-16T16:40:29Z
dc.date.copyright2006
dc.degree.departmentSchool of Engineeringen_US
dc.degree.grantorUniversity of Guelphen_US
dc.degree.nameMaster of Scienceen_US
dc.description.abstractThis thesis is an investigation of a Quantitative Infrared (IR) Thermographic Capability to supplement residential energy audits. The enhanced energy auditing procedure would provide quantitative information about how various installed envelope components function in terms of leakage, energy utilization and corresponding environmental impacts (GHG emissions). A methodology for this is proposed, and a 'proof of concept' is provided. Leakage quantification is developed using IR thermography in a calibration process; leakage through the envelope component (window) is measured and thermal responses are monitored via IR images. An innovative procedure for measuring in-situ component leakage is developed to more easily facilitate leakage measurement. An empirical model mapping temperature response to leakage is generated, and the effective leakage area (ELA) of the component is determined. IR images thus provide ELA information, thereby proving the concept of Residential Quantitative Thermographic (RQT) capabilities. It is recommended that further research be invested in the remaining building envelope components so as to provide a comprehensive home-energy auditing procedure.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10214/23524
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherUniversity of Guelphen_US
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dc.subjectQuantitative Infrared Thermographic Capabilityen_US
dc.subjectresidential energy auditsen_US
dc.subjectenergy auditingen_US
dc.subjectenvelope componentsen_US
dc.subjectleakageen_US
dc.subjectenergy utilizationen_US
dc.subjectenvironmental impactsen_US
dc.titleQuantitative infrared thermography to supplement home energy auditsen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US

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