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Datchet - Air Testing - 020 3390 0301

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Phone Number: 020 3390 0301 Email: datchet@e2consultants.co.uk

When Should The Test Take Place?

A building envelope will need to be completed before the air test takes place - which should be one of the last surveys undertaken once all the walls, windows, doors etc. are complete and sealed. This ensures no air will escape and prevent drafts through the property which will in-turn improve your air permeability score.

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 Datchet. 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.

During an air test in Datchet 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. Furniture will not be affected during the test, but smaller items such as paper must be held down or removed completely so they're not blown about.

Do I Need An Air Leakage Test?

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.

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. This is outlined in Part L of Government building regulations.

Planning your test in advance will help our experience air assessment team covering Datchet to determine how many tests you'll need ahead of time per property and will be happy to offer advice on the best ways to gain your air permeability rating.

What Air Permeability Rating Do I Need?

A passing score in Datchet 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.

How Many Properties Need An Air Tightness Test?

The number of tests required are as follows:

  • 4 or less properties of the same type: one test needed per type
  • More than 4 but less than 40 dwellings of a type: at least two tests of each type
  • More than 40 properties of a type: 5% of each type UNLESS the first 5 get a passing score - then this can be dropped to just 2%

For further Air Testing information for your area, be sure to check out Air-Testing-London.co.uk.

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Energy Statements, Sustainability Statements, Thermography, Code 4 Sustainable Homes, SAP Calculations (TER/DER), SAP Extension Calculations, Environmental Noise, Acoustic Testing, Part G - Water Calculations, Part F Ventilation Testing, SAP Conversion Calculations, Part E, On Construction EPC,

Air Testing can also be known as:
Air Pressure Testing, Domestic Fan Pressure Testing, Domestic House Leakage Testing, House Leakage Testing, Domestic Air Testing, Domestic Air Pressure Testing, Air Tightness Testing, Domestic Air Integrity Testing, Air Leakage Testing, Fan Pressure Testing, Air Integrity Testing, Domestic Air Tightness Testing, Domestic Air Leakage Testing,

E2 Specialist Consultants
February 5 at 12:05pm
Quality example of a super air tight property over in Cheshire today, congrats to the self builders on achieving a air tight result of sub 2, this should enable their MVHR system to work a treat along with their super- insulated building fabric and triple glazed windows.

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