W5.11
Drones: The New Frontier in Building Performance Testing

As the market drives toward a net zero energy economy and increased emphasis on occupant health and well-being, the importance of the building envelope is paramount in both new and existing buildings. Traditional thermal imaging is a common, non-destructive way to uncover thermal bridging, insulation failures, air leakage, moisture intrusion and degradation of infrastructure but can be limiting, labor intensive and pose safety issues. By utilizing the cutting edge application of drones, we can now investigate building performance issues in a fast, safe, and non-destructive manner. This session will provide an overview of the issue, tools for investigation, evaluation methods, solution and results for a building on the campus of the University of Texas at Dallas.

Learning Objectives:

1. Understand the history and progression of both thermography and drone technology.
2. Compare typical "boots on the ground" investigation with cool, new technology solutions using drones.
3. Identify how Owners can pinpoint problems with buildings, prioritize projects and free up operational costs (save money).
4. Recognize the benefits including energy conservation, improved thermal comfort, air quality and noise control which greatly affect occupant health, comfort and well-being.
Session Details Start Time: 5/17/2017 4:10:00 PM End Time: 5/17/2017 5:00:00 PM Presented By:

Grant Hagen, EIT
Virtual Design & Construction Manager
The Beck Group


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Thea Junt, LEED AP BD+C
Associate Director for Energy Conservation and Sustainability
UT Dallas Facilities Management


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Norma Lehman
Associate Principal
The Beck Group


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Gerald Delaune RRO, RRC, REWC, WUFI, ITC
Project Consultant
Conley Group


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Gary Williams, PMP
Senior Project Manager
Conley Group


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Room Number: M11/12 Audience: Intermediate CEU: 0.1 Track: Energy, Sustainability and TechnologyVIEW ALL

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