How Does Aerial Thermal Heat Loss Mapping Work?

MyHEAT HEAT Maps use remote sensing and machine learning to create powerful, city-wide visualizations that show areas of energy loss in buildings.

How Do Thermal Heat Loss Maps Work?

With 16+ years of peer-reviewed scientific and commercial experience, MyHEAT is an expert in aerial thermal infrared heat loss mapping. Here’s a 90 second video to explain how it works.

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Improve energy efficiency program results with compelling and comparable visual heat loss and solar potential insights, at city-scale.

How does aerial infrared data collection work?

MyHEAT delivers aerial thermal infrared imagery across entire cities. High resolution thermal infrared (TIR) imagery is collected quickly and economically, and then transformed using our innovative technology utilizing machine learning techniques to derive unique insight on the thermal efficiencies of every building in a city.

For our thermal data collection, MyHEAT builds on a world-class TIR sensor that integrates key benefits of traditional wide-area format digital cameras giving industry leading data fidelity and acquisition capabilities over traditional airborne cameras.

Once the thermal data is collected for a city, it is then transformed using our proprietary machine learning techniques to reveal building heat loss, and comparable efficiency metrics for the entire city. MyHEAT’s pipeline includes the ability to automatically correct for local factors. This means all buildings are evaluated as if they were collected at a single instance in time, allowing heat loss to be compared over different dates as well as between homes, neighbourhoods, and cities. The result is the creation of unique HEAT Maps and HEAT Ratings for all buildings across the entire city.

An aerial thermal heat loss map of a home, showing heat loss depicted on a blue to red scale

HEAT Maps, or Heat Loss Maps

Show potential heat loss areas from a bird’s-eye view. The thermal images indicate hot spots, or heat loss, in red and cooler areas in blue.

A graphic depicting MyHEAT's comparative HEAT Rating, a relative measure of home energy loss

HEAT Ratings, or Heat Loss Ratings

Offer a relative measure of how much heat a building is losing compared to similar buildings in the neighborhood and city.

Comparing aerial heat loss insights to in-home energy assessment

Aerial thermal heat loss imagery is an incredibly powerful tool to detect causes of home heat loss.

An experienced and independent home energy auditor compared MyHEAT heat loss imagery to their own in-home energy assessments.


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Improve energy efficiency program results with compelling and comparable visual heat loss and solar potential insights, at city-scale.