All posts by Jonty

Air Tightness Testing

Air Tightness Testing is one of the methods used to determine the energy efficiency of a dwelling, and is conducted to assess the air permeability of the building.  It is also known as ‘Air Pressure Testing’ or ‘Air Permeability Testing’

Leakage of air causes loss of heat and renders a building inefficient. According to Part L of the Building Regulations, new buildings must pass the air permeability test to ensure that they are energy efficient.  It is a requirement of Part L1A of the building regulations.

A draughty building requires more energy to heat and causes discomfort for the occupants.  An air permeability test is used to establish the rate of air leakage from a building, which must meet the standard defined in the building regulations.  The test also shows the leakage points in the building which helps with taking remedial action.

Through our partners at Airtight Building Solutions Ltd. we offer a fast, cost-effective, UK-wide service for all your Airtight testing compliance requirements.

airtight logo   iats logo (1)

ata logo

Entertainment Noise

Entertainment sound provides music to some people’s ears, but to others is just noise.  We have extensive experience of helping to strike the happy balance between the two, at events ranging from a single vocalist singing to backing tracks in a pub, to some of the largest multi-stage festivals in the UK, including the Isle of Wight Festival and Bestival.

  • Assessing, controlling and mitigating against entertainment noise from pubs, clubs and temporary venues (e.g. wedding marquees)
  • Monitoring and control of noise from outdoor events
  • Mathematical modelling and prediction of entertainment noise levels
  • Noise Management Plans

Environmental Noise Assessments

Environmental Noise is a general term describing noise from a wide variety of sources, including industrial, commercial and transport (road, rail, air and sea), but not including noise from entertainment or sport.  Assessments are frequently required for planning applications, and the point of the assessment is to establish whether the noise is likely to cause a disturbance.  If this is the case, then remedial measures need to be identified and put into place so that potential disturbance is brought down to acceptable levels.

We provide noise assessments for any type of noise source, which comply with all of the appropriate standards.  If the assessment indicates that there may be problems with noise levels, we can also offer expert advice on how the noise may be mitigated.

 

Sound Insulation Testing

Since 2003 there has been a requirement for all new non-detached dwellings, whether purpose-built or converted, to meet national standards for sound insulation.  This is demonstrated either by registering and complying with Robust Details, or by in-situ testing.  Minimum acceptable requirements are specified in Approved Document E of the Building Regulations.

We provide sound insulation testing for flats, houses, rooms for residential purpose, schools and other buildings, carried out by an ANC registered tester.

We will liaise directly with building control in order to establish and agree the required number of tests, so that we can provide a stress-free service and an accurate quotation with no hidden costs.

Should the building fail to meet the required standard then we can also provide expert remedial advice.