Air Leakage Testing

Air leakage testing equipment in sealed off doorway

As part of our range of comprehensive testing services, Sound Solution Consultants can arrange for your air permeability (leakage) testing to be carried out through a trusted third-party supplier.

What is Air Permeability Testing?

Air Permeability testing is a method of measuring and quantifying the air leakage of a building. In Approved Document Part L1A of the Building Regulations, air tightness testing is referred to as Pressure Testing. The test methodology for measuring the air tightness of a building is set out in ATTMA Technical Standard 1. Technical Standard 1 is generally based on BS EN Standard 13829:2001, Thermal Performance of Buildings – Determination of air permeability of buildings – Fan pressurisation method.

Do I need Air Permeability Tests?

Under Approved Document L1: Conservation of fuel and power in new dwellings, if you have built a new build dwelling or development of 2 or more dwellings / flats, then you will need to carry out air permeability tests for the development. The number of tests that will be required will depend on the size and configuration of the dwellings involved.

Under Approved Document L2: Conservation of fuel and power in existing buildings other than dwellings, if you have built a new build premise other than a dwelling, then you will need to carry out air permeability tests for the development. The numbers of tests that will be required will depend on the size and configuration of the development involved.

Air leakage testing equipment in sealed off doorway of house

When do I carry out the Air Permeability Tests?

Air permeability testing is undertaken as part of Pre-Completion Testing (PCT), within substantially complete buildings.

Before an air leakage test if performed, we need you to check that the buildings are up to the required standard to achieve maximum performance. To aid you in this task we have produced a check list of all related issues:

  • ensure all doors and any seals are fully fitted and working correctly
  • ensure all windows and seals are fully fitted and working correctly
  • ensure all electric fittings are fitted and working
  • ensure 240Volt power is available on site
  • ensure all gaps are sealed in walls and floors
  • ensure all bathrooms and kitchens have been fully installed and sealed
  • ensure we have access to all rooms on all levels
  • ensure all properties are vacated during the duration of test
  • ensure that water is present in soil pipes
  • ensure all loft hatches are in place and closable
  • external wind speed must not be above 6ms-1 *

* You will not be charged for the visit if wind speed is above this level

What is ATTMA?

Air Tightness, Testing & Measurement Association

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