Hicham Rhioui, Director, Falcon Energy
New homes and commercial properties must comply to Part L Building Regulations and be tested and certified to meet the air tightness standard. This process has energy saving and cost benefits for developers, homeowners and companies, as well as bringing down the overall CO2 emissions of the UK; which the UK Government aims to reduce.
Once a property is built, it can be air pressure tested by using an industry standard on-site fan that gradually increases and decreases pressure to discover air leakage paths and undesired air flows. Once detected, cracks and gaps in a building can be fixed to remove leaks and drafts, resulting in reduced CO2 emissions.
The testing process fully traces air flow and leaks and is a technical process undertaken by trained engineers. It results in a calculated leakage rate and air flow differential, as well as a range of environmental readings.
Once weaknesses in air flow are resolved, heating for a property becomes more efficient and will use less energy as none is unnecessary lost. For homeowners and businesses, this reduces energy bills in the short and long term, and makes them more environmentally friendly. This is prudent for businesses as the public are increasingly aware of commercial ethics and being responsible consumers
Financial and environmental benefits
Landlords, homeowners and businesses can all potentially reduce potentially harmful CO2 emissions and save on energy bills with air tightness testing, should uncontrolled air flow be suspected.
If you are building new homes, certification is required and it’s best to use the skills of a fully qualified team under the IATS, such as Falcon Energy, whose team are highly skilled in carrying out thorough testing throughout Sussex.