Air Tightness

Air Permeability Testing Services

Building Compliance Testing Limited can provide you with a fast and cost effective ATTMA Accredited Blower Door Testing across London and Home Counties, in accordance with BS EN ISO 9972:2015 and CIBSE TM23.

 

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An air leakage test, also known as air infiltration or air permeability testing, assesses the extent of uncontrolled airflow through gaps or cracks in a building’s structure. The test yields results quantified as the volume of air leakage (m³ per hour) per square meter of the building envelope. It helps gauge the effectiveness of the building’s envelope in controlling air movement, crucial for energy efficiency and indoor air quality management.

Air Permeability Testing is a requirement under Part L of the Building Regulations as part of an overall energy performance assessment of a new-build construction and PAS2035:2023 for retrofitting. Air leakage is calculated as cubic metres of air leakage per hour per square metre at 50 Pascals (or 4Pa for Pulse Testing). 

Domestic Air Permeability Testing

In accordance with Approved Document L1 2021, each new dwelling is subject to an air leakage test as part of post-construction requirements. The maximum allowable air permeability rate stands at 8m³/h/m², yet achieving a lower rate may be necessary to meet carbon emission targets. The specific air permeability rate for each dwelling is outlined in the design-stage SAP report.

Non-domestic Air Permeability Testing

Mandatory under Approved Document L2, air leakage testing applies to all newly constructed buildings (non-dwellings) with a total useful floor area exceeding 500m². Each building must attain a maximum air permeability rate of 8m³/h/m², or lower as necessitated by the SBEM calculation.

Additionally, an air permeability test may be necessary for builder’s smoke shafts, room integrity testing, or installations like underfloor air distribution (UFAD)/ plenums. 

What Factors Determine The Cost Of An Air Permeability Test?

The cost of an air permeability test is influenced by various factors including the size and location of the development, as well as the size and type of each building requiring testing. We offer significant discounts for developments where multiple plots can be tested during a single visit.

Moreover, discounts are available when we provide multiple services for the same project, such as extractor fan flow rate testing or sound insulation testing alongside the air leakage test.

For a personalised quote, please get in touch with us. We strive to respond to all inquiries within one working day.

 

How To Improve A Buildings Air Tightness And Get A Pass First Time?

Although the majority of buildings tested achieve a first-time pass, in the event that your building does not meet the requirements initially, we will identify all air leakage hot-spots and recommend appropriate remedial actions. If feasible, we allow a reasonable timeframe for the remedial work to be completed and then re-test at no additional cost. If immediate remediation isn’t practical, we will schedule a revisit by one of our air test engineers upon completion of the works.

For added assurance, we offer design reviews before construction begins and provide ongoing support and guidance throughout the build.

Please refer to recognised construction details for further guidance as well as the following:

  • Seal gaps around pipes and cables passing through walls, ceilings, and floors.
  • Ensure thorough application of mastic and caulking.
  • With drylining, seal plasterboard sheets at junctions with ceilings and floors, in addition to sheet-to-sheet connections, to prevent air leakage.
  • Apply draught proofing to gaps around doors and windows.
  • Ensure proper fit of loft hatches and apply draught stripping between the hatch and frame.
  • Repair mortar joint damage and fill holes in external walls.
  • Maintain a tight seal around boiler flue pipes where they penetrate external walls or ceilings.

What We Need From You To Carry Out An Air Tightness Test?

  1. Floor plans and section drawings;
  2. Design-stage SAP / SBEM reports for each building to be tested; and
  3. Contact details for the site manager.
  4. Safe access and egress for the transportation of heavy test equipment must be made available by the Client to the
    relevant test location. Failure to provide such access provision without prior notification may result in delays to the test procedure.
    5. An external opening no smaller than 0.80×1.20m and no larger than 1.10×2.80m will be made available at the time of air testing.
    6. A 13amp 240V AC power supply will be made available within the unit being tested, no greater than 25m of the site location. Note that if only
    110V power is available at the time of the test, Building Compliance Testing Limited must be notified beforehand such that appropriate
    equipment may be deployed.
    7. Uninterrupted access to the units being tested is required.

 

Why Choose Building Compliance Testing?

We are members of the Air Tightness Measurement Association, meaning our test certificates will be recognised for Building Regulation sign-off.

Our experienced air test engineers have an extensive track history, testing all varieties of buildings.

Our test engineers will be on hand to answer any questions and provide free advice and support throughout the construction process.

We fit around you, attending site at a time that is convenient and ensuring test certificates are ready for issue within 24 hours.

All of our test engineers are CSCS certified.

 

We’re friendly and knowledgeable bunch so why not get in touch for a chat. You can always contact Building Compliance Testing with any questions through phone, email or our online chat service.

Don’t worry, we don’t charge for advice given over the phone, so why not ask for a free quote?

01621 493 594 | contact@buildingcompliancetesting.com

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