Favorite Impact of Energy Policies on Building and Ductwork Airtightness

Screenshot 2017-10-02 11.33.10A new Ventilation Information Paper (VIP), has been released by the Air Infiltration and Ventilation Centre (AIVC), which analyses both the policy instruments used (regulatory requirements and incentives, specific programme requirements, quality frameworks for testers and builders) and the changes observed in practice in terms of building and ductwork airtightness over the past 5 years, using as reference mostly publications from AIVC and TightVent Europe led events.

The review begins with the motivations for improving building airtightness, including energy use impacts, building durability, indoor air quality (IAQ) impacts, and safety of occupants. Mandatory building airtightness testing has come gradually into force in the United Kingdom, France, Ireland and Denmark. It is also considered in many other European countries, either as regulatory or programme requirements, mostly because of the increasing weight of building leakage energy impact on the overall energy performance of low-energy buildings. Because of legal and financial issues due to wrong tests, several countries have developed qualification schemes for building airtightness testers and also airtightness databases that prove to be very useful for monitoring policies and building stock.

As for ductwork airtightness, this issue is rarely addressed despite significant energy savings and/or IAQ impacts associated. The feedback as well as energy and IAQ analyses of the recently introduced Effinergie requirements in France would be very helpful to make progress on this issue.

The paper is available at: http://aivc.org/resource/vip-37-impact-energy-policies-building-and-ductwork-airtightness

Favorite TightVent newsletter issue #12 – May 2017 now available

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The twelfth issue of the TightVent newsletter is now available! Contents include: Foreword Register now for the 13 -14 September 2017 – 38th AIVC & 6th TightVent conference in Nottingham, UK Keynote speakers at 38th AIVC Conference QUALICHeCK factsheets relevant to ventilation & airtightness Building & ductwork airtightness requirements in … Continue reading

Favorite Survey on building and ductwork airtightness requirements in Europe

Members and guests of the TightVent Airtightness Associations (TAAC) have been working together to develop a questionnaire to compare building and ductwork airtightness awareness in a broad manner, ranging from requirements to progress needed to promote building airtightness. Representative(s) from 10 countries participating in the committee have provided feedback to the questionnaire. The results of the survey were presented during the January 2017 TAAC meeting and are summarized here.