Air leakage is the uncontrolled transfer of air into and out of a building. It is the main cause of draughts and often leads to uncomfortable living and working conditions. In addition, ‘conditioned air’ lost through air leakage may represent up to 60% of a building’s total heat loss. This heat loss results in higher energy costs and unnecessary carbon dioxide emissions.
Air leakage testing will quantify the amount of air permeating the building, which will help to characterise its energy performance. An air permeability test is required by the Building Regulations on virtually all new buildings. RSK Environment Ltd is a UKAS accredited testing laboratory, No. 2546, certified to ISO/IEC 17025:2005 for performing building air leakage tests in accordance with BS EN 13829:2001.
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