March 26-27, 2019 | Norfolk, VA
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Non-Visible Energy – Decoding Electromagnetic Energy and Thermodynamics

Track 3: Testing & Inspection

Wednesday, March 27, 3:30 – 4:30pm

In building performance it is what you don’t see that will cost you the most and where some of the risks take place.  Whether you are an owner, designer, contractor or a manufacturer, there are benefits to understanding the paybacks and downfalls of infrared thermography.  This technology is gaining traction.  Anyone can buy a camera, download an app and even accessorize their phone with infrared tools, yet many still do not see this technology as the science it truly is and the added resource it can serve in the construction industry.  Pseudoscience?  Voodoo Science?  Hardly!

This course will explain the benefits, limitations and physics behind building science thermography and touch upon the myths, misconception, and lack of understanding associated with the energy spectrum we cannot see with human eyes.  You will discover a wavelength which we are able to tap into when it comes to heat, air and moisture issues  within the building enclosure.  Thermography is truly a spectrum to behold.  It can offer very useful data that can minimize building owners’ risks throughout any stage of the building’s lifecycle.  Designers can assess and understand an existing building’s performance when repurposing, remodeling, and restoring existing facilities.  Contractors can minimize risks and avoid enclosure related rework by identifying building envelope deficiencies during construction and prior to turning the building over to the owner.  Owners can continually assess their buildings for energy performance and be better informed on the overall thermal performance of their building as well as identify areas where air and water infiltration are a concern.  Finally, manufacturer can also benefit from baseline performance readings and deficiencies identified due to construction means and methods, such as air infiltration, thermal bridging, and overall building systems performance.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Provide an understanding of thermography and the true science behind this fifth dimension.
  2. Understand the application of thermography in the construction field and for forensic engineering, and factors that result in limitations of the tools and how to overcome some of the factors.
  3. Learn how analyzing imagery can provide useful information to the thermographer not typically available in the field
  4. Obtain and introduction of nontraditional means of testing which can be successfully conducted with infrared thermography.
Level of content:
Intermediate; Advanced
Design Professionals
Testing & Inspection

Melissa Payne, BECxP, CxA+BE, CDT, Level II Building Science Thermographer

Miller Engineering

Melissa is a Building Envelope Consultant and forensic investigator at Miller Engineering, P.C.  Before joining Miller, she served as the owner’s representative at City Utilities of Springfield, Missouri where she managed 735,000+ SF of roofs and 137 enclosures.

She works with Owners, Architects, Engineers, designers, manufacturers, contractors, and related trades to ensure the integrity of building enclosures.  She brings collaboration to the design and construction process by providing design review and specializes in coordination of pre-construction and construction processes, details between dissimilar materials, enclosure terminations, and transitions between systems.    She performs construction observations and oversees performance testing.   Melissa conducts studies and forensic investigations in regards to building enclosures, provides building assemblies analyses, and conducts thermography surveys as a Level 2 Building Science Thermographer.

Melissa maintains high involvement in the design and construction industry as a guest speaker for Drury University School of Architecture in Springfield.  She’s a board member of the Southwest Missouri Construction Specification Institute, a member of the Building Safety Professionals and ICC, and is current chair and founding member of the Ozarks Regional Chapter of the Building Enclosure Council.  This past year Melissa was honored with the 2017 Vesta Award for the SWMO NAWIC Chapter.

Scott Wood, CBST, Certified Level III Thermographer

SWA Consulting