An air tightness test determines the level of air leakage in a building. The amount of air leakage correlates directly to the energy efficiency of a building or structure. The higher the level of air leakage, the less energy efficient a building will be. At AF Acoustics, we provide air tightness testing services. Our clients range from small developers to large building developers. In London, we conduct air permeability testing. Wimbledon is an area that we cover heavily.
INFORMATION ON AIR TIGHTNESS TESTING WIMBLEDON
WHEN AND WHY IS AN AIR TIGHTNESS TEST REQUIRED?
An air tightness test is required for new builds to determine the buildings energy efficiency. Part L of the building regulations for England and Wales was implemented to reduce CO2 emissions. In order to comply with Part L, a building must be energy efficient to a sufficient level. An air tightness test can determine the energy performance of a building and also help to detect factors that may be negatively affecting a buildings energy rating.
Energy efficient buildings will save energy and therefore benefit from reduced running costs. The energy savings means that less CO2 is required. CO2 emissions are having a devastating effect on the planet. Global warming is a direct cause of emitting greenhouse gases such as CO2. The use of fossil fuels has an impact on weather, wildlife and even the air that we breathe. An air tightness test can help decrease the levels of air leakage and therefore help the planet.
HOW IS AN AIR TIGHTNESS TEST CARRIED OUT?
An air tightness test requires specialist equipment in order to measure the air leakage levels. Normally, a large fan is placed in the main doorway. This fan is used to pressurise the building. The level of air leakage is then carefully recorded to determine the buildings efficiency.
Air can leak through openings in a building’s envelope. An air tightness test gives us data to suggest where the building needs improving and whilst we are undertaking the test we can see and feel where the air is leaking out of the building.
An airtight building will be extremely energy efficient, however controlled ventilation is required to be safe. Controlled ventilation is important in order to remove excess moisture and to replenish the building with fresh air. Controlled ventilation is essential to regulate the quality of the air.
AIR TIGHTNESS TESTING IN WIMBLEDON
We conduct air tightness tests on a daily basis and boast a wealth of industry experience and knowledge. Our accredited engineers ensure they are updated to comply with the latest changes in regulations. Our equipment is UKAS calibrated and our service is honest and reliable.
We help many of our clients to maximise energy efficiency and therefore comply with regulations. We recommend that our clients involve us from the early stages of a project. This allows us to give our expert advice to help save labour costs down the line.
If you are looking for air tightness testing services, get in touch with us today to discover how we can help.
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