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Thermal imaging survey reveals –close your shutters

Simple measures can reduce heat loss in historic buildings.

Nov 16, 2010

Thermal imaging surveys conducted by EWH last week have clearly revealed how effective shutters, curtains and blinds are at preventing heat loss through windows.

A thermal imaging camera reveals where heat is leaking from a building, with hot areas showing up red and colder surfaces in blue. Throughout the World Heritage Site the results were consistent, where shutters and curtains were closed they proved to be highly effective in keeping in the heat.

The photo opposite was taken of a typical Georgian New Town house. The windows with closed shutters on the first floor in blue, contrast dramatically with those on the ground floor.

The surveys were conducted free as part of the on-going EWH Climate Challenge Fund project, with the aim of providing advice and guidance to owners of historic buildings in the World Heritage Site.

This thermal image of a Victorian tenement shows the effect of closing shutters and blinds on the window in the top right.




This image shows the effect of simply closing thick curtains to the window on the top left.

Read more about energy efficiency in historic buildings:

The EWH Climate Challenge project

10 easy wins to save energy and money

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