Revamped building energy efficiency testing scheme launches

Air tightness testing of buildings will now be supervised by one professional body covering both homes and non-domestic buildings to higher standards

A new non-destructive air tightness testing scheme for building energy efficiency has taken over work of the Northampton-based British Institute of Non-destructive Testing’s (BINDT) role in ensuring minimum standards are observed.

The air tightness test is provided for under section 43 of Building Regulations 2010 and is an important tool for council building inspectors in determining whether to approve a building.

The new scheme, which launched in early January, is run by the Air Tightness Testing and Measurement Association (ATTMA). Unlike the BINDT scheme, which only addressed testing in domestic buildings, the ATTMA scheme covers commercial buildings as well. ATTMA had previously focused on only non-domestic buildings.

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