New Orleans, Louisiana
June 26, 2016
June 26, 2016
August 28, 2016
Use of Drone for a Campus Building Envelope Study
In 2014, 41% of total U.S. energy consumption was consumed in residential and commercial buildings, or about 40 quadrillion British thermal units according to Commercial Building Energy Consumption Survey. As the number of commercial buildings and floor space increasing, business, industry and government organizations are under tremendous economic and environmental pressures to reduce energy consumption and dollar savings. Building “Envelope” generally refers to those building components (walls, doors, windows and roof) that enclose conditioned spaces and through which thermal energy is transferred to or from the outdoor environment and are significant sources of heat loss. A building envelope study provides a good qualitative and analytical understanding of the thermal performance of major building envelope components, identifies major deficiencies, and helps developing appropriate energy management project to improve performance. In this building envelope study, infrared thermography (IR) will be used to assess envelope performance of ten buildings on East Tennessee State University Campus. IR provides a simple, fast, non-destructive, realistic, and reliable technology in determining the spatial temperature distributions of building envelope surfaces. An ArduCopter 3DR Hexa-C Drone and Fluke TI25 infrared hand held camera will be used to collect the data. Specially, building envelope components that are difficult to reach by handheld IR camera such as high rise windows, wall surfaces, and roof tops will be captured by the use of a FLIR lightweight infrared camera attached to the Drone. Data analysis and reports will be carried out with the use of Smartview software and FLIR Reporter pro software. It is anticipated that the data analysis will reveal various insulation defects and heat loss issues through building envelopes. Cost-effective solutions will be recommended to all problems detected which will improve long term energy efficiency of the buildings and contribute to sustainable campus infrastructure development.
Ariwoola, R. T., & Uddin, M. M., & Johnson, K. V. (2016, June), Use of Drone for a Campus Building Envelope Study Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.27115
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