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Leicestershire, UK, 27 January 2011 ’96 Bassetlaw Council, Nottinghamshire, UK has commissioned a night-time thermal survey to help address fuel poverty and provide better detail on private housing stock across the’a0district. Using a new thermal mapping system aerial surveying company Bluesky will record highly accurate measurements of relative heat loss from individual buildings delivering a property level digital map for use in the Council’92s’a0GIS. The thermal data will be used to support the Council’92s intentions to reduce Co2 in the area and educate the public on energy efficiency.
’93Living in a safe, warm and well-maintained home is essential to enjoying a good quality of life,’94 commented Kerri Ellis, Sustainability Officer at Bassetlaw District Council, ’93and we have introduced a fuel poverty reduction campaign to support this objective.’94 She continued, ’93The Bluesky thermal data will help us accurately identify individual properties at risk of fuel poverty and enable us to proactively target households for tailored advice and signposting.’94
The Bassetlaw data survey will be captured using Bluesky’92s new ’91microbolometer’92 thermal camera; a system specifically designed for airborne surveying and ideal for use in aircraft flying at night. Combined with an advanced navigation and positioning system and improved sensor control and user interface Bluesky’92s new generation thermal mapping system allows very accurate measurements of heat loss from individual property roofs to be recorded with higher precision and more consistent results than systems used in the past.
Bassetlaw District Council are planning to overlay the Bluesky digital thermal map in their GIS combining it with other housing related intelligence such as SAP ratings and Warm Front information. The property specific intelligence will then be used to identify individual properties and streets at risk of fuel poverty, target Council resources efficiently and effectively across a largely rural population and to provide a benchmark for ongoing works.
’93We decided to work with Bluesky on this project as they have a good reputation with other Councils, were forthcoming with friendly and practical support and advice throughout the negotiation period and offered a very competitive price,’94 concluded Ellis.
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