Air tightness testing can be a very tricky business for anyone during a construction project. Essentially air leakages found in new buildings can contribute to increased fuel consumption, which can result in higher energy bills.
This is why the Building Regulations/ Standards requires all new buildings to have an air tightness rating, without which, a Building Control officer or Verifier will not provide that all important completion certificate.
Air tightness testing, also referred to as air pressure testing, is used to determine the amount of uncontrolled air leakage through gaps and cracks within the building. These gaps and cracks are not easily detected through a visual inspection; therefore a pressure test is carried out to measure the air leakage of the entire building.
An air tightness test is required by Building Regulations/Standards after construction of a new building (commercial or residential). The results of this air pressure test are used within energy efficiency calculations (SAP or SBEM).
There are of course some exemptions that apply for air tightness in dwellings and in commercial buildings, which are detailed within the technical booklets/approved documents.
We subcontract our Air-Tightness service to fully qualified and professional Air Testers accredited with the Independent AirTightness Testing Scheme (iATS). Members of the iATS scheme have the skills and knowledge to undertake air tightness tests for small dwellings as well as high-rise buildings, and will help to ensure compliance with Building Regulations.
We can also provide this service within a package of SAP or SBEM calculations which are also mandatory requirements for new buildings.
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Pulse is a new and innovative way of carrying out air tightness tests for retrofit work. Elmhurst Energy Consultancy has access to one of the few Pulse testing units in the UK, allowing for quick and accurate testing of properties.
Our aim is to provide quality support for you throughout the entire testing process.Before the air test: