Thermal Imaging Pilot Program

Could your home benefit from increased comfort?

We want to help homeowners like you discover where your home is losing heat so that you can:

  • Make the smartest improvements
  • Increase your comfort and energy efficiency
  • Save money in the process

Talk to an Energy Advisor

In January 2017, we launched a thermal imaging pilot program to help homeowners identify energy loss in single family homes and share information on energy saving incentives.

In partnership with UBC, low detail thermal images were collected of detached homes in four neighbourhoods. 

With this information, we’ve sent letters and postal-code targeted social media advertisements to help homeowners with the greatest opportunity for energy savings to take action on home improvements. 

Didn’t receive a letter? You may still be eligible to participate. Read on to learn how an energy expert can help you.

Discover your home's energy efficiency potential

Energy experts are available to offer free advice on steps you can take to maximize your home’s energy efficiency – call them today for your free initial phone consultation.

The consultation will also help you learn about the opportunity to:

  • Receive up $100 off a full Energuide Assessment  (920 KB): a consultant will visit your home and make detailed recommendations to improve your home’s comfort, health and efficiency (available to the first 100 homes that book).
  • Benefit from free interior thermal imaging of suspected trouble spots in your home at no extra cost when you book an EnerGuide Assessment
  • Access up to $5,000 in incentives for retrofitting your home

How to participate

  1. Contact Amerispec for your free initial phone consultation
  2. Get an EnerGuide Assessment from an energy advisor
  3. With the assessment, make informed improvements and access thousands of dollars in rebates
  4. Enjoy your renovated home! 

Contact Amerispec

  • Learn about the retrofits you can make specific to your home
  • Book a detailed Energuide Assessment and access free additional thermal imaging
  • Connect you to valuable grants and rebates to help offset the cost of making your home more energy efficient

Phone: 778-989-3895
Emailvancouver@amerispec.ca

Benefits to upgrading your home

A well-insulated and well-sealed house is warmer, quieter, and is more comfortable to live in. 

Why is my home so drafty?

Heat can often escape from your home through leaks and cracks in the building’s envelope, typically through the roof, walls, and windows.

Even if your home doesn’t have visible cracks or leaks, you can still lose heat if you have missing or ineffective insulation, especially if you live in an older home. Homes that are 10 years or older may have insulation that has sagged over time, leaving gaps. This can result in a drafty and energy-inefficient home.

How your home can lose heat

  • Through walls
  • Through windows and doors
  • Through the roof

Things you can do about heat loss

You can keep the heat in and make your home cozier by:

  • Adding or updating your insulation
  • Upgrading your windows
  • Sealing cracks and gaps in the walls and roof
  • Book an EnerGuide Assessment to help identify the most valuable improvements 

Retrofitting your home can potentially save hundreds of dollars annually in heating bills. There is also up to $11,000 in rebates available for energy efficient upgrades to your home: 

  • There is up to $5,000 available for any Vancouver homeowner completing renovations with the help of an EnerGuide Assessment
  • If your home was built before 1940 or is a heritage house, you may be eligible for up to $6,000 in additional grants from the Vancouver Heritage Foundation. 

In Vancouver, 55% of all greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions come from buildings, and detached homes account for 31% of all GHG emissions from buildings.

Find out how making improvements to your home can help us reach our Greenest City Action Plan green building targets.

What is thermal imaging?

A thermal image is a picture of the heat that comes off of an object - the bright yellow shows heat; the dark blue shows cool areas of a home.

The information gained from a thermal image can help you pinpoint insulation, moisture, and air leakage issues so you can plan for upgrades wisely.

For a limited time, you can receive free interior thermal imaging of suspected trouble spots in your home when you book an EnerGuide Assessment – talk to Amerispec to learn more. 

The City of Vancouver in thermal imaging

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In this image, red indicates warmer temperatures. Blue and purple are cooler.

  • The City of Vancouver in thermal imaging

    By City of Vancouver

    In this image, red indicates warmer temperatures. Green, blue, and purple represent cooler temperatures, respectively.

  • Thermal imaging for homes

    By City of Vancouver

    This thermal image shows the front of a house. Areas in yellow are warmer than areas in purple.

  • Thermal imaging for homes

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    This thermal image shows a home without insulation. Yellow indicates hotter areas, and purple indicates cooler areas.  

  • Thermal imaging for homes

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    This photo shows a home losing significant heat. Yellow represents warmer temperatures, and purple represents cooler temperatures.

Not ready to book but want to stay in touch?

To receive updates about the program, ask a question, or request a call from an energy advisor, email thermal.imaging@vancouver.ca