HomeSafe has developed a comprehensive training manual and course for indoor air quality inspection professionals looking to add infrared to their arsenal of tools.

“Practical Infrared Thermography”
Peng Lee and Gene Bramlett

“Practical Infrared Thermography” covers theories and applications related to the usage of infrared (or thermal imaging) technology in the performance of an environmental inspection, mold inspection, indoor air quality inspection, energy audit or home inspection. The material covered in this book incorporates ASNT Thermography Level I, then delves deeper, examining real-world problems and solutions as well as the principles of physics on which thermography is based. Application topics covered include relative vs. absolute measurements; creating a thermal window; temperature vs. time of day; inspection of building interiors and exteriors; moisture detection; inspection of electrical systems; roof inspections; structural inspections; pest and termite detection; and choosing the right infrared camera.

Cost: $59 + $9.95 shipping

Council-Certified Environmental Thermography Inspector (CETI/CETC)

Training Course Description

This course is a comprehensive examination of the theory and practical applications of infrared (thermal imaging) technology in the course of an environmental inspection, mold inspection, indoor air quality inspection, energy audit or home inspection.

This course is based on a set of time-tested protocols developed over the course of more than ten years through research at the National Center for Physical Acoustics and 200,000-plus home inspections performed by a nationwide network of home inspectors utilizing infrared technology. By strictly adhering to the proven methods and protocols set forth in this course, home inspectors can perform more accurate and more comprehensive home inspections while minimizing their liability.

The course (which incorporates ASNT Level I Thermography) focuses on theories and applications related to the usage of infrared technology in a variety of inspections. You will learn how and why thermography works to uncover a wide range of problems within a building or residence and how to make it work even better by creating optimal conditions for “thermal windows.” You will develop an understanding of the thermal performance of building materials and how certain conditions, such as the weather or time of day, can affect thermographic measurements.

Overall, the main thrust of the program is practical and application-based, posing real-world problems and solutions in the classroom setting, followed by hands-on practice and training in the field. Participants will learn how to use simplified inspection processes to uncover and identify hidden problems and suspicious areas as well as how to analyze the problems and arrive at answers and solutions.

This course is designed for mold inspectors, environmental consultants, industrial hygienists, HVAC professionals, home inspectors, property inspectors and pest control operators.

Cost: $1,495
Phone: 662-236-1232

Training Dates:
Dec. 6-10, 2010 - Memphis, Tenn.
March 7-11, 2011 - Phoenix, Ariz.
July 11-15, 2011 - Orlando, Fla.

Registering for this course does not automatically make you certified, but, upon completing this course, you will receive a certificate of attendance from HomeSafe documenting your attendance. To become certified, you must qualify and take an examination through the American Council for Accredited Certification at one of their nationwide testing centers. This course prepares students for both the Council-Certified CETI and CETC examinations. Please contact them for more details at (623) 582-0832 or

Council-Certified Environmental Thermography Inspector (CETI/CETC)

Training Course Outline

Classroom Training:
The following topics will be covered in the classroom training sessions:

  • Level I Thermography in compliance with ASNT’s Recommended Practice #SNT-TC-1A
  • Infrared physics and thermodynamics
  • Thermal performance of residential building materials
  • Standards of practice
  • Data interpretation
  • Energy loss evaluation
  • Moisture detection
  • Mold evaluation
  • Residential roofing inspection
  • Air duct inspection
  • Internal structure inspection
  • Preparation for attic and basement inspection
  • Pest detection
  • EIFS inspection
  • Other exterior sidings inspection
  • Electrical systems inspections
  • Fire hazard detection
  • Insulation problems
  • Ventilation issues
  • Structural concerns
  • IR pitfalls to avoid/common mistakes
  • Considerations in new construction
  • Camera requirements and considerations
  • Other equipment requirements
  • Caring for equipment
  • Residential inspection reporting
  • And much, much more
Because the training sessions will be held in small groups with a live trainer, you will have the opportunity to ask questions and participate in discussions

Meet Your Trainers

Gene Bramlett

The lead trainer for the classroom portion of the training is Gene Bramlett. A member of the HomeSafe Inspection, Inc. team since 2003, Bramlett helped develop a very successful training program for inspector trainees across the United States. Bramlett is a Certified Mold Inspector/Assessor, a trained Structural Pest Control Inspector, a Certified Housing Consultant, a State of Mississippi-licensed home inspector, a certified Specialist-Infrared Residential Inspection (SIRI), a certified SIRI instructor and certified basic home inspection instructor. He is also the co-author of “Practical Infrared Thermography,” the pioneering textbook used in the CETI course.

Peng Lee

Peng Lee is vice president of technology for HomeSafe Inspection, Inc. He served as Research and Development Engineer with the National Center for Physical Acoustics (NCPA) for 11 years. Lee pioneered the use of infrared technology in residential building inspections and developed the industry’s first set of standards and protocols for IR usage in home inspections. At NCPA, Lee designed various highly advanced acoustical systems using the science of sound to detect destructive insects, including termites, fire ants, rice weevils and many others. In this capacity, he was recruited to participate in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Operation Full Stop, a project aimed at combating imported Formosan subterranean termite infestations in New Orleans. His USDA-sponsored research led to his development of infrared (thermal imaging) usage in residential building inspections, spurring an industry-wide revolution that continues to this day.

Lee co-founded HomeSafe Home Services, which set the standard for infrared home inspections, in 2003. Additionally, Lee serves on the review committee for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). He was appointed by the governor of Mississippi to the Mississippi State Board of Home Inspectors and is a Certified Indoor Environmentalist (CIE). He owns or shares eight patents, many of them related to infrared and acoustic building inspections, indoor air quality inspections and termite detection, with four additional patents still pending at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. A key patent involves an infrared inspection process for detecting indoor air quality issues.

Lee has published and presented numerous research papers and has consulted for a range of governmental groups, departments and agencies, including NASA, World Bank/China EPA, the USDA, the U.S. Customs Service and the U.S. Forestry Service. Additionally, he has consulted for major corporations, including Whirlpool, Oreck & Regina Vacuum Cleaner, Inc., Bobcat Earth Moving Equipment, Inc. and Emerson Electric Company, Inc. among others.


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