A new end to end thermal mapping service from Bluesky is helping to pinpoint energy inefficient households in the UK. Specialist thermal sensors mounted on survey aircraft record the heat loss from houses on cold, clear winter nights.
Poorly insulated homes are identified and matched to the correct address. Bluesky process the information all the way through to the production of bespoke, targeted marketing material.
These marketing materials highlight inefficient homes in an easy to understand map form. The postcard or other mailing document shows how the house compares to other properties in the same street and is sent directly to the homeowner. Commissioned by local authorities, energy companies or home improvement businesses, the marketing campaigns inform homeowners that they may benefit from extra insulation and provide suggestions as to how to go about increasing insulation and reducing carbon emissions.
Bluesky has already captured thousands of square kilometres of thermal survey data across England on behalf of many local authorities, social housing providers and even police forces who use the survey results to identify properties used as cannabis factories. The latest commissioned surveys are being undertaken on behalf of a London Borough, the majority of local councils in Surrey as well as Rushmoor Council in Hampshire and an urban regeneration company in Northern Ireland.
The thermal surveys will be captured by Bluesky using a ‘microbolometer’ thermal camera – a system specifically designed for airborne surveying and ideal for use in aircraft flying at night. Combined with an advanced navigation and positioning system and improved sensor control and user interface, Bluesky’s new generation thermal mapping system allows measurements of heat loss from property roofs to be recorded with higher precision and more consistent results than other systems currently in use in the UK.
Thermal surveys are flown during the early evening, after sunset, in order to capture the widest variations in temperature that can occur as a result of poor insulation or excessive energy consumption. The data can be produced ready for use in an organisation’s Geographical Information System (GIS) or Bluesky can produce ready to be delivered marketing documents highlighting actual heat loss values for individual properties.