In Europe, there are various quality frameworks to qualify building airtightness testers 1,2,3,4, including:
Competent scheme operator
Mandatory for testers?
|Yes||BCCA , |
A.BD_CZ (Association Blower Door CZ)
|Finland||VTT Technical Research Center in Finland||?||RATECO|
|FLiB (other certifications exist)||In particular programmes only||FliB, |
The National Standards Authority of Ireland- NSAI (95% of testers), The Irish National Accreditation Board – INAB & ATTMA (also recognised)
|Yes||NSAI, INAB (& ATTMA)|
|Japan||Institute for Building Environment and Energy Conservation||Yes||–|
Under development (for now SKH uses a Belgian scheme)
|Sweden||Diplomerad Lufttäthetsprovare (Diploma air tightness tester)||No||ByggaL|
Air Tightness Testing & Measurement Associations (ATTMA) & The Independent Airtightness Testing Scheme (iATS)
In particular programmes only
There are also many other countries in Europe that do not have a quality framework for airtightness testers (e.g. Spain, Poland or Estonia) but some testers choose to get a certification from one of the above listed quality frameworks. For example in Latvia it is estimated that there are approximately 8 persons qualified by the manufacturer programme Retrotec; 1 person qualified by FLiB (German Association for Airtightness) and 2 persons qualified by the Air Tightness Testing & Measurement Association (ATTMA).
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 Leprince V., Carrié F.R., Kapsalaki M., "Building and ductwork airtightness requirements in Europe – Comparison of 10 European countries", AIVC, 2017.
 Kalamees T., Hallik J., Mikola A., "AIVC VIP 45.1: Trends in building and ductwork airtightness in Estonia", AIVC, 2022.
 Hoek T., Poza-Casado I., Melgosa S., "AIVC VIP 45.2: Trends in building and ductwork airtightness in Spain", AIVC, 2022.
 De Strycker M., Van Gelder, L. Leprince V., "Quality framework for airtightness testing in the Flemish Region of Belgium – feedback after three years of experience", AIVC, 2018
 Leprince V., Carrié F.R., Olivier M., "The quality framework for Air-tightness measurers in France: assessment after 3 years of operation", AIVC, 2011
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