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Kent - Domestic Air Testing - 020 3390 0301
The office that covers this area is: London
The towns & cities that are covered within this county are:
Ash, Ashford, Aylesford, Beckenham, Belvedere, Bexley, Biddenden, Birchington, Borough Green, Broadstairs, Canterbury, Chatham, Chislehurst, Cranbrook, Crayford, Dartford, Deal, Dover, Dungeness, Dymchurch, East Peckham, Edenbridge, Erith, Eynsford, Faversham, Folkestone, Gillingham, Gravesend, Hawkhurst, Headcorn, Herne Bay, Hythe, Lamberhurst, Longfield, Lydd, Maidstone, Marden, Margate, Meopham, Minster, New Romney, Orpington, Paddock Wood, Penshurst, Rainham, Ramsgate, Rochester, Sandwich, Sevenoaks, Sheerness, Sidcup, Sittingbourne, Southborough, Staplehurst, Strood, Swanley, Tenterden, Tonbridge, Tunbridge Wells, Welling, West Malling, West Wickham, Westerham, Whitstable,
What Air Permeability Rating Do I Need?
A passing score in Kent is 10 m³/(h.m²) for an air permeability rating which resembles the amount of uncontrolled air that's leaking from the dwelling. Should the test fail, our air tightness team will help you identify where the leakages are happening in the hope that a passing score will be achieved after a re-test.
When Should The Test Take Place?
For obvious reasons, an air pressure test is generally one of the last surveys to be undertaken once all the walls, windows, doors etc. are complete and sealed to stop any air escaping and prevent drafts through the property. The building envelope will also need to be completed.
What Does An Air Leakage Test Involve?
Air tests cannot be carried out if the wind speed is more than 13mph - 3 metres per second is the ideal wind speed when undertaking an air test in Kent. An air test involves placing a large fan, or several fans, to an opening within the property; usually a doorway. The fans will increase and decrease in speed that will in-turn change the building's air pressure and record the results.
There should be no outside access once the test has begun for approximately 90 minutes so plan accordingly. Workers can still do their job inside the property, within reason, though may feel some discomfort due to the noise of the fan and the draught that will be felt throughout the building.
Whilst the air tightness test is being undertaken, furniture will not be affected but smaller items such as paper must be held down or removed completely so they're not blown about. The pressure of the room will be tested and as such all windows and doors that lead outside must be securely closed to avoid them swinging open and the test being abandoned. Similarly, all internal doors should be wedged open to avoid being slammed shut.
Do I Need An Air Leakage Test?
Part L of the Government building regulations explains that on a large plot of new houses that are built to a similar specification, only a sample of the houses will need to be air tested.
We offer air leakage testing throughout Kent where our experienced assessors will be happy to offer advice on the best ways to gain your air permeability rating. Planning your test in advance will help us determine how many tests you'll need ahead of time per property.
All new buildings in England and Wales have had a mandatory requirement since 2006 (2010 in Scotland) that domestic and commercial buildings, over a certain size, must have a passing air leakage certificate before the property can be sold.
How Many Properties Need An Air Tightness Test?
If you have 4 or less properties of the same type then only one test needs to be undertaken per type. If you have more than 4 but less than 40 dwellings of a type then you need at least two tests to be done on each type. Finally, if there are more than 40 properties of a particular type then at least 5% of each type needs to be tested UNLESS the first 5 get a passing score - then this can be dropped to just 2%.
For further Domestic Air Testing information for your area, be sure to check out Air-Testing-London.co.uk.
Our other services include:
On Construction EPC, Part F Ventilation Testing, Code 4 Sustainable Homes, Energy Statements, Environmental Noise, SAP Extension Calculations, Acoustic Testing, SAP Conversion Calculations, SAP Calculations (TER/DER), Sustainability Statements, Part E, Part G - Water Calculations, Thermography,
Domestic Air Testing can also be known as:
Air Testing, Domestic Air Tightness Testing, Air Integrity Testing, Air Leakage Testing, Domestic Air Leakage Testing, Domestic House Leakage Testing, Domestic Air Pressure Testing, House Leakage Testing, Air Tightness Testing, Domestic Air Integrity Testing, Domestic Fan Pressure Testing, Air Pressure Testing, Fan Pressure Testing,
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