BREEAM Thermal Imaging

Build IR’s team have a long history of delivering BREEAM thermal imaging compliant surveys from early 2008 standards all the way through to the latest BREEAM 2018 guidance. 

We have been involved in more than 500+ BREEAM Thermal Imaging Surveys and can help you gain that much needed BREEAM credit.

Should the building not meet the criteria set, we work with you to identify the necessary remedial works to get the building “over the line”.


Years Experience In Construction And Thermography


BREEAM Thermographic Surveys Carried Out

What is BREEAM?

Building Research Establishments Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) is the world’s leading sustainability assessment method. It is a third-party assessment of a buildings environmental, social, and economic sustainability performance.

BREEAM-rated developments are more ecological environments that improve the well-being of the people who live and work there, aid in the conservation of natural resources, and make for more appealing property investments.


By providing independent certification which displays the wide range of benefits to individuals, business, society and the environment.


Setting and assessing against a broad variety of scientifically rigorous requirements which go beyond the standard regulations and practice to allow for continuous performance improvement and innovation.


All individuals involved in the creation, development and use of buildings, infrastructure or communities to meet their sustainable goals.

What is the Aim of BREEAM?

The BREEAM documentation allows 1 credit to be attained by performing a thermographic survey to the building fabric.
The BREEAM thermal imaging survey is required to confirm:

Continuity of insulation in accordance with the construction drawings;

Avoidance of excessive thermal bridging;

Avoidance of air leakage paths through the fabric (except through intentional openings);


Any defects identified via the post construction inspection are required to be rectified.

The survey should be carried out by a Thermographer qualified to minimum Category 2.

BREEAM Thermal Imaging (MAN 04)

BREEAM MAN 04, one of the BREEAM criteria, focuses on thermal imaging as a means to assess and enhance a building’s energy efficiency.

In the context of MAN 04, we employ thermal imaging to identify potential thermal inefficiencies, insulation gaps, or areas of heat loss within a structure. This evaluation is crucial in understanding the building’s thermal performance and determining areas where energy-saving measures can be implemented.

The BREEAM MAN 04 assessment involves the use of infrared cameras to capture thermal images of the building envelope, including walls, roofs, and windows. These images reveal patterns of heat distribution and help assess the effectiveness of insulation and building fabric.

By pinpointing areas of concern, property owners and developers can make informed decisions on improvements to enhance energy efficiency and reduce environmental impact.

We pride ourselves on offering:

Thermal Imaging Surveys Point 1

A Great Customer Experience

Thermal Imaging Surveys Point 2

A Professional Service with highly qualified industry experts

Thermal Imaging Surveys Point 3

All recommendations backed up by building / air tightness knowledge

Thermal Imaging Surveys Point 4

A Competitive Price

For a BREEAM Thermal Imaging Survey to be carried out:

The building envelope should be complete.

The heating should be up and running (if the building / test area is unheated, it is the responsibility of the contractor to provide temporary heating)

A minimum 10°C internal / external temperature differential must be achieved leading up to the survey

The weather conditions should be monitored to ensure a compliant survey can be achieved – Build IR will explain these and help to ensure the criteria is achieved.

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2A Sopewell Road, Rotherham S61 2JL

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Building Thermal Imaging Surveys Accreditations
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