Airtightness is an essential part of creating a healthy, comfortable, energy-efficient living environment.
With our `Airtightness Explained’ video, we offer a brief definition of the term `Airtightness’, the principles behind it and why it is desirable to carefully consider it on your building project. Let’s face it, we cannot cover everything in 2 minutes, however, perhaps we have you thinking about it!
In this section we have put together a series of articles, covering the important principles of Airtightness and practical steps to achieving Airtightness on site.
The basic principles and advantages of Airtightness. For example:
- Avoiding high heat losses due to air leakage
- Introducing a controlled ventilation system
- Improved indoor air quality
Understanding the principles of Airtightness is an important first step, however, it is equally critical to identify the primary steps to achieving higher levels of Airtightness, in practical terms, on site:
- Forethought, planning of works schedule and clear simple design principles;
- Quality control on site and good workmanship with the use of appropriate materials to achieve an airtight seal;
- A final measurement which confirms we have achieved the required level of Airtightness which we were aiming for in the first place.
Improving energy efficiency and considering indoor air quality. As building regulations demand increased levels of energy efficiency, it is important to ensure that health, Indoor Air Quality and building durability are not compromised – whether a new build or in particular an existing building retrofit.
Airtightness of Windows and Doors
This article will focus on a particular detail that often leads to air leakage and the inevitable disputes on site, the window or door junction to the building structure.