Air Tightness Testing
What we do
Air Leakage Testing Ltd has a team of experienced test engineers registered with ATTMA to provide air testing for Part L1A (new dwellings) and Parts L2A and L2B (new buildings other than dwellings):
Our Air Test Engineers are home-based and well-placed to cover Greater London and the City, Kent, Essex, Surrey, Sussex, Hampshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire, we are able to test all over the UK.
We also offer advice and support on achieving air tightness through design reviews, site inspections and tool box talks/demonstrations on early completion tests. In addition, if buildings fail to achieve their targets, our engineers can demonstrate and explain the issues onsite using the test equipment and/or smoke, report the issues using photographs and snagging sheets then assist with identifying appropriate solutions.
In addition, we are able to undertake air pressure testing for other purposes including:
Air Tightness testing is a requirement for all new buildings. Testing must be conducted by a competent person, typically a company registered with the Air Tightness & Testing Association (ATTMA).
Air Tightness is a key factor in achieving an energy efficient building fabric in combination with insulation. The England & Wales Building Regulations require air tightness to be measured through site testing.
How it works
Testing is done through a pressure test whereby fans are installed into a doorway of the building and used to create a measurable difference between the pressure inside and outside of the building. The amount of air needed to maintain this difference can be used to indicate the volume of air escaping through the fabric (what would be draughts in the building’s day-to-day life).
The results of the test are a key component of the calculation of the overall energy efficiency of the building and, therefore, achieving the necessary air tightness is a critical part of building control sign-off.
In order to achieve increasingly challenging energy performance targets, air tightness requirements are becoming tighter. Typically, a good level of air tightness can still be achieved with excellent attention to detail in the decorative finish but, to achieve tighter targets, consideration must be given to air permeability within the design of the fabric, including use of membranes and tapes to maintain the air barrier.