Ribble Valley girl Jessica Townson may be better known to some as chairman of Bolton-by-Bowland Young Farmers Club, but for her day job she is surveyor at AJH Associates Chartered Surveyors, based in Clitheroe.
Schooled at Westholme in Blackburn and the University of the West of England, Bristol, she has now achieved level 1 in infrared thermography and is currently working towards the Level 2 qualification.
“The course comprised theoretical and practical applications of the science of infrared, and use of the cameras,” explained Jessica.
“With this qualification and the equipment at AJH Associates, I can now easily locate areas of missing and defective insulation, locate areas at risk from mould and condensation, provide quality control following the installation of cavity wall installation, check industrial machines for overheating and much more.”
AJH has invested in the latest FLIR thermographic camera to enable it to undertake inspection of both residential and commercial properties. Jessica is now one of the few people in the North of England with both construction and thermographic qualifications. Infrared thermography is not only used in buildings, but also in industrial applications to identify faulty wiring, faulty motors, bearings etc. Some veterinary practices have also been using thermography for injury diagnosis in animals.
Driven by rising energy costs and the Carbon Emissions Reductions Target (CERT), building heat energy efficiency is one of the fastest growing applications for thermal imaging surveys.
This is because it is the only technology which is able to identify areas of heat loss both in terms of air leakage and through missing or damaged insulation.