Air Leakage Testing
Air leakage testing is the practice of testing the air tightness of a building. Leakage can occur within the building through holes, gaps and cracks within the building. Air permeability of a building can have a significant impact on how much heat is kept within a building and how much cold is let into a building which can have a significant impact on fuel bills for the building owner. The air leak test will occur at structural completion, generally just before the building handover.
Air Leakage testing is a requirement of Building Regulations Part L1A/L2A
For buildings assessed under Part L2A (Commercial Units), any unit with a floor area of above 500m2 must have an air leakage test carried out.
Buildings under 500m2, do not have to carry out an air leakage test, however a default figure must be used within the SBEM calculations which will have a detrimental impact on the assessment.
For buildings assessed under Part L1A (Residential Units) you can opt to test every dwelling on the site, or a certain number of types (generally agreed with Building Control), however if not all dwellings are testing, a ‘confidence factor’ of 2 will be applied to all plots meaning you will have to work harder on the plots that are tested.
Our team of air leakage test engineers cover sites throughout England and Wales and work closely with our Technical Team to ensure reports are produced and issued on the same day.