Scott Wood Associates, LLC

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Welcome to Scott Wood Associates, LLC.


Experts in building science thermography

Scott Wood, president of Scott Wood Associates, LLC, an expert in Investigations of and Training in: building science and

 infrared thermography for pre and post design, construction, air barrier, condition monitoring, restoration and water

intrusion has performed investigations on hundreds of buildings, discovering defects as well as providing corrective

recommendations to prevent heat loss, air infiltration and moisture intrusion. In addition Scott Wood Associates, LLC

has provided the expertise in developing and providing training in building science thermography through cooperation

between the Building Science Institute and the Infrared Training center since 2003.

Our services: Scott Wood Associates performs building investigations during and/or post construction providing forensic and

consulting services to the designer, contractor or building owner/manager. For existing construction or new, from design

review - through construction, to building completion, a thorough investigation will be completed providing our clients a

comprehensive evaluation and report.


Building Envelope Consulting

Design Review & Hygrothermal modeling (WUFI®)
Building Envelope Thermal & Moisture Analysis (Hygrothermal modeling)
Construction Defect Investigations, pre and post evaluation
Plumbing Evaluations (hydronic systems, pressure and drain systems)
Roofing (evaluation) - Noninvasive Moisture
Water Intrusion Location
Water Damage Evaluations (mapping)
Water testing, Leak Assessments using ASTM, AAMA and ISO standards
Noninvasive Air Leakage Inspection
Thermal Performance (Noninvasive Insulation Inspection)
Green building (evaluations)
Voids, Delaminations
Noninvasive CMU Grout Fill Inspection
Thermal and Air leakage Investigation and Reporting
Energy Audit (insulation quality, Weatherization Analysis)
Energy Modeling (eQUEST)

Air Barrier Consulting

Design Review for Air Barrier, Moisture Barrier & Thermal Barrier Systems
Technical Assistance for the Architectural and Construction Professional
Air Barrier Installation (evaluation)
During build pressurization, infrared thermography and smoke testing to identify air leakage pathways
Testing and Verification of the air barrier (determine leakage rates)

Condition Monitoring

Electrical Assessments using Thermography
Mechanical Equipment Assessments using Thermography

Instructional

Investigative Thermography
Building Science
Air Barrier Systems, Testing and Evaluations
Water Testing


Construction Defect Investigations

Design Review for Air Barrier, Moisture Barrier & Thermal Barrier Systems

Building Envelope Thermal & Moisture Analysis (Hygrothermal modeling)

Technical Assistance for the Architectural and Construction Professional

Energy Audits

Thermal and Air leakage Investigation and Reporting

Energy Modeling (eQUEST) 

Building Science and Infrared Thermography


Buildings have been our primary shelter from the elements for thousands of years. They have become increasingly more

complex as new construction materials are discovered, implemented into the design and integrated into our dwellings. With

the rapid development and introduction of new building materials; building design, construction and maintenance have had

a difficult time keeping up with these advances.

Basic controlling factors for the physical, chemical and biological reactions that occur in buildings are; heat flow, air flow and

moisture flow. When investigating a building these controlling factor are the investigators key to what is occurring or what is

the condition of the building. A very important tool in these investigations is infrared thermography. Thermography’s ability

to detect heat, converting these patterns into visible images, makes it an indispensible tool for the building investigator to

observe and evaluate heat flow, air flow and moisture flow.

Missing insulation, variations in the thickness or conductance differences are easily observed with infrared thermography.

In areas where the insulation is less, heat moves through the area quicker, providing a pattern easily observed with infrared

thermography. Thus infrared thermography provides the investigator a non-invasive view of heat flow characteristics within

the building enclosure. Thermography provides a view of the insulation conditions of the building.
 

Air flow through the building envelope can be monitored using infrared thermography by observing patterns of heat

differences due to air of a different temperature flowing onto an object, heating or cooling the object. Air movement

through a building envelope will transport heat as well as moisture through the building material. This reduces the

energy efficiency of the building, as well as moves a tremendous amount of moisture vapor via air transport.

Moisture or evaporative cooling is observed as a cooler pattern on the wet building materials. In many cases a cooler

pattern may be no more than heat transfer differences and not evaporating water. This can produce inaccurate thermal

pattern interpretations and poor or incorrect building diagnostics, unless the thermographer has the experience and

training to provide accurate results.
 

To effectively and accurately examine buildings it is important to understand the complex building’s systems and

components. In addition, extensive training and experience with the investigative tools such as infrared

thermography is necessary for an accurate investigation. Our extensive design, investigative and forensic

experience as well as training provide, Scott Wood Associates, LLC the necessary tools to provide effective building evaluations.

 

Thank you for visiting www.buildingsciencethermography.com

Enjoy the information. We hope to see you as a client.

 
Scott Wood, President


  


 I have just completed the building science course taught by Scott Wood at ITC. I was blown away by Scott's knowledge and

application of thermography as it relates to Building Science. The excitement level was so intense and the material content

so high that we almost did not complete the course. As a contractor for 35 years I am humbled by my lack of knowledge in

regards to sustainable building practices. There is currently a paradigm shift in this country and a redefining of

"green building". Experts like Scott are helping us to look at Buildings as a system and not just individual components.

My complements to Flir systems for being on the "cutting edge" with this course. I sincerely hope that there will be an

"advanced" building science course in the near future. 
from ITC Bulletin Board Gerry Brady, www.infrarednewengland.com