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Thermal images of city recorded during flyovers
Heat loss from all of Aberdeen buildings is being detected using thermal imaging equipment during flights commissioned to assess the city's energy loss.
Aberdeen City Council is thought to be the only Scottish local authority to be carrying out this type of work, to assess how energy efficient the city's buildings are with a view to helping people make improvements.
The information captured by the fly-overs will be used to help inform the council's energy efficiency and carbon saving strategies. It is a repeat of an exercise carried out a decade ago to map the city's energy losses and the results will give a clear indicator of changes over the years.
The information gleaned will allow the council to identify the least thermally efficient areas, or house types, in Aberdeen.
The city council will use the information gleaned from the exercise to target energy-efficiency campaigns on particular areas and highlight the availability of grants for better insulating properties.
Aberdeen City Council will provide an up-to-date interactive thermal map of the city that will show the heat loss from all buildings in the city. The indicative mean heat loss from each building will be shown on a colour range from dark red (high heat loss) to dark blue (minimal heat loss). After the data has been captured the results will be published on the Aberdeen City Council website and viewers will be able to zoom in to view each individual building in the city.
This will let residents and businesses know whether their properties are well insulated or whether they need to look into ways of improving the energy efficiency in order to reduce fuel costs.
To enable you to be able to check the heat loss of your property on the map, it will need to have been heated on the day and/or evening of the data capture if your property is unheated the thermal image camera will not be able to measure heat loss.
Council leader Barney Crockett said: "This is a fabulous way of looking at how energy efficient Aberdeen is as a city and it will be very fascinating to see the changes in the energy loss from city buildings since we last carried out an exercise like this a decade ago.
"Aberdeen is the leading energy city and has done some fantastic work not only in the industry side, but also on the domestic side. I believe we are the only city in Scotland to be carrying out research of this sort and it will help us to sharpen our focus on what needs to be done where, to improve energy efficiency, warm homes, cut fuel poverty and make our city a greener city.
"This is another example of Aberdeen leading the way on the energy front and I am sure other local authorities will be watching with interest to see the results and long-term benefits that this type of exercise can help bring to the city.
"Aberdeen has already been widely recognised for the sterling work carried out by the Aberdeen Heat and Power Company, which was borne of the council, in creating district heating mains to power hundreds of homes as well as public buildings and leisure facilities across the city."
The results from this year's fly-overs will be available to view online in the coming months. The results from the 2001 fly-overs can be seen on the Aberdeen City Council website by typing "Heat Loss" into the search box.