building Compliance & Sustainability

Air Tightness Testing

Stuart king, Architecture & Design ltd provide nationwide air tightness testing services from our offices in Scotland. We pride ourselves in offering a highly professional service at competitive rates.

Air tightness testing is a quick, non-invasive and cost-effective technique to assess energy performance of building. Thermal imaging helps identify air leakages, poor insulation and other construction problems.

Our staff are accredited by the British Institute of Non Destructive Testing (BINDT) to provide air tightness services for the domestic market. This accreditation complies with Part L1 England and Wales Building Regulations and now also Scotland. Depending on the volume of the property we can undertake commercial air tightness testing and provide consultancy advice on design and detailing.

Our Service Offering

Design Reviews: A comprehensive review carried out by experienced air tightness consultants who study and comment on the relevant drawn details.

Design Workshops: A simple but effective method for interrogating the air tightness strategy and key drawn details in the presence of relevant members of the project team onsite.

Pre-Test Inspections: An inspection, prior to the test, carried out by our air tightness consultants who scrutinise the 'air barrier' details throughout the building and record all observations to be conveyed in a detailed, illustrated report.

Sample Area or ‘Comfort’ Testing: A 'dress-rehearsal' air permeability test carried out on a representative area to give an indication of how the whole building will perform and what the key air leakage issues will be.

Final Acceptance Air Leakage Testing: The final test includes all necessary building envelope calculations and is carried out using multi-point testing methods to ensure an even pressure distribution and, thus, reliable results. In large, complex buildings, this approach, along with our ability to depressurise the building, can be vitally important.

Post-Test Leakage Diagnosis: As required if a building fails to achieve the target permeability rate upon testing, SKAD technicians generally employ localised, internal smoke testing methods to identify the main air leakage areas and the remedial works required. All findings can be presented in an illustrated report.

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“ To date SKAD have provided us with SAP and U-value calculations, plus we have benefitted from their Approved Certifier of Design services, and guidance on sustainable construction and building compliance. Lomond Homes expect their air-tightness testing service to be of these same high standards."

Neil Sellars – Technical Manager

Lomond Homes