How to choose an Indiana energy auditor
No agency regulates energy auditors in Indiana, nor does a single national certification for thermographers exist, according to Scott Wood, treasurer and director of building sciences for the International Association of Certified Thermographers trade group.
Wood says the hodgepodge of certifications and training groups makes the field a sort of “Wild West” for consumers, who may not know what questions to ask potential auditors.
He recommends homeowners ask auditors about three things:
• EXPERIENCE: Many manufacturers and industry groups offer training on thermal cameras, but beyond understanding how to use the technology,
inspectors must know about building science to interpret the patterns exposed.
Wood recommends seeking auditors certified by Residential Energy Services Network, RESNET, or the Building Performance Institute, BPI.
• EQUIPMENT: Cheaper thermal cameras lack sensitivity and detail necessary to pinpoint specific problems.
In general, the higher the camera resolution the more specifically the handler can identify problems. Look for a good base-level camera resolution
of at least 320 pixels by 240 pixels.
• FOLLOW-UP: Make sure you understand what feedback your thermographer will provide.
Photos without interpretation won’t help you take actions, but a detailed written report gives you guidance. Some auditors may also offer audio and video reports.