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Designing and Constructing for Airtightness - new guide helps you pass your airtestMay 2013

Stricter energy targets are pushing air leakage down to ever-lower levels. Carrying out remediation work and retests when a building fails can be a major headache, leading to delays to the project.

BSRIA’s new guide provides architects, main contractors and subcontractors with an understanding of how to design and construct buildings in order to achieve airtightness targets. Aimed primarily at commercial buildings, it gives examples of good and bad practice gathered from BSRIA's 30 years of experience in airtightness testing.

The key principles of achieving airtightness are having a simple strategy defined in design stage, assigning a single individual or team with overall responsibility, good communication of the importance of airtightness, specifying components as airtight and ensuring a high build quality.

Common construction types for walls and roofs are covered in the guide, in addition to many of the materials used for penetrations through these elements. The publication also provides guidance on airtightness testing methods, test standards, and the Building Regulations requirements and guidance for testing across the UK and Republic of Ireland.

Chapters cover:

  • Specifying airtightness
  • Composite cladding panels
  • Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs)
  • Pipework penetrations
  • Airtightness testing
  • The inspection approach
  • Airtightness diagnostics
  • Regulatory requirements
  • Test standards

Hard copies of the guide are now available for purchase at £60 or £30 to BSRIA members. Pdf versions are also available for £60 + VAT or free to download for BSRIA members. Order your copy now or tel 01344 465 529

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