"Designed with both homeowner and contractors in mind, the Owens Corning™ Comfort Tracker™ quickly identifies, prioritizes and addresses air and thermal leakage sources that if left unchecked can lead to increased heating and cooling bills and decreased comfort"
Owens Corning unveils a new mobile app that puts the power of a thermal vision home energy audit into the hands of homeowners, contractors and remodelers. The free, user-friendly Owens Corning™ Comfort Tracker™ app can be combined with the FLIR ONE™ thermal imaging camera technology, made by FLIR Systems, for added sophistication in detecting anomalies in heat signatures that indicate air and thermal leakage areas in the home.
According to North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (NAIMA), more than 90 percent 1 of U.S. homes are under-insulated 2 resulting in lost energy efficiency, increased heating and cooling costs, and uncomfortable homes. With winter approaching, the Owens Corning™ Comfort Tracker™ app now enables contractors and DIY homeowners to turn their iPhone®, iPad® or Android™ devices into a tool that can help improve the home’s energy performance throughout the year.
“Designed with both homeowner and contractors in mind, the Owens Corning™ Comfort Tracker™ quickly identifies, prioritizes and addresses air and thermal leakage sources that if left unchecked can lead to increased heating and cooling bills and decreased comfort,” said Nathan Walker, Vice President, National Accounts, Owens Corning. “The introduction of this mobile application demonstrates Owens Corning’s industry-leading commitment to providing accessible building-science driven resources and solutions for our customers to achieve comfortable, energy-efficient homes.”
“It’s exciting to see other companies utilize the power of the FLIR One platform and its thermal imaging technology in new and innovative ways,” said Travis Merrill, Chief Marketing Officer at FLIR. “Our work together with Owens Corning is a shining example of how thermal imaging can help consumers explore the world around them and improve energy efficiency."
Following a brief tutorial, users can quickly conduct the home energy assessment by capturing photos of locations within the home most prone to air and thermal leakage issues. A home assessment report is then generated detailing geographically tailored product and retailer recommendations based on building codes by climate zones. For added functionality, professional contractors and remodelers can co-brand the email-friendly PDF home energy assessment report with a company logo and information.
The app is currently available for download from the Apple App Store (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id977480871) and will become available on the Android Market soon. The FLIR One thermal camera for iPhones and Android can be purchased from FLIR (http://www.flir.com/flirone/display/?id=69324).
About Owens Corning
Owens Corning (NYSE: OC) develops, manufactures and markets insulation, roofing, and fiberglass composites. Global in scope and human in scale, the company’s market-leading businesses use their deep expertise in materials, manufacturing and building science to develop products and systems that save energy and improve comfort in commercial and residential buildings. Through its glass reinforcements business, the company makes thousands of products lighter, stronger and more durable. Ultimately Owens Corning people and products make the world a better place. Based in Toledo, Ohio, Owens Corning posted 2014 sales of $5.3 billion and employs about 14,000 people in 25 countries. It has been a Fortune 500® company for 60 consecutive years. For more information, please visit www.owenscorning.com.
1 Estimate developed by the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (NAIMA) based on a forthcoming analysis of the single-family detached residential building stock by Boston University
2 under-insulated” here means when compared to the minimum prescriptive wall and ceiling insulation R-values found in the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC)
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