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Infrared Thermal Imaging Detects Building Defects that Can Create IAQ Problems


The environmental and building consulting experts at EC2 provide thermal imaging assessments to identify structural issues.

Infrared (IR) thermal imaging cameras are increasingly being used to identify building defects that can lead to mold growth and poor indoor air quality (IAQ). Also known as thermographic cameras, they operate at wavelengths as long as 14,000 nm and create images using infrared radiation. Since all objects emit black body radiation as a function of their temperature it allows IR cameras to capture the information in the form of a digital image.

The cameras were first developed for the military during the Korean War, but have recently found many uses in industry. In the construction industry they are used to identify live electrical wires, changes in insulation properties and the efficiencies of HVAC systems.

Building inspection and IAQ consulting companies are increasingly utilizing these powerful tools as well. EC2, Inc. (ec2), a leading provider of thermography services in Northern Illinois and the greater Chicago area has extensive expertise in thermal imaging. This enables ec2 to quickly locate building defects that can lead to structural issues and IAQ problems.

Ed Chambers, the President of ec2 has been using IR technologies to provide healthy environments in homes, schools, hospitals and commercial settings. He is a Certified Building Systems Thermographer (CBST) and his environmental consulting and building sciences firm has worked to successfully resolve over 4,000 IAQ problems across the country.

“By identifying temperature differentials a skilled certified thermographer can tell a tremendous amount about a building by simply analyzing an image,” reported Ed Chambers, President of ec2. “IR technology can help pinpoint leaks or faulty insulation leading to condensation and mold issues that are behind building materials such as drywall that could never otherwise be identified without tearing apart the building. Just as important however is that the person using the IR camera is certified and trained to properly interpret what the infrared image reveals.”

To learn more about thermography or ec2 please visit, email or call (815) 703-9000. Follow ec2 on Twitter at

About EC2, Inc.
EC2 is a leading provider of environmental consulting and inspection services for clients across the United States. Based in the Chicago area, the company provides their services to clients ranging from local companies and institutions to international Fortune 500 corporations.


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