As part of their building safety and recertification program, Miami-Dade County requires an infrared thermography inspection report of electrical systems operating at 400 amps or more to be included with the electrical inspection. From July 1, 2023, Broward County will require thermography inspections as well.
An infrared thermography inspection utilizes an approved infrared imager, operated by a qualified technician, to scan and capture video or still infrared images of electrical components. The technician then qualitatively and quantitatively analyzes the images to determine whether the electrical components are operating within the safe limits of their design and capability and to identify potential thermal anomalies throughout the electrical system. The inspections require the electrical equipment to be powered on and operating normally under load as well as unhindered access to electrical service and other specified equipment.
Infrared inspections must be performed by a certified Level II infrared thermographer with at least five (5) years of experience inspecting electrical installations in commercial buildings. For more information, refer to Miami-Dade County’s Advisory Memo (Advisory Memo: Thermography Inspections and Clarifications).
Whether you are a property owner, manager, or community association, Building Mavens’ qualified thermographers are available to provide your Florida Infrared Thermography Inspection needs.
Frequently Asked Questions
What type of electrical equipment needs to be scanned?
Broward and Miami-Dade Counties require buildings seeking recertification with electrical services operating at 400 amperes or more to have a thermography inspection. However, the individual equipment does not need to be rated at 400 amperes or more. Applicable equipment includes busways, switchgear, panelboards (except in dwelling unit load centers), disconnects, variable frequency drives (VFD), starters, control panels, timers, meter centers, gutter, junction boxes, automatic/manual transfer switches, exhaust fans, and transformers, which all require a thermography inspection. Condominium units are, however, excluded from the thermography inspection.