Epic Releases Airtightness Guidance Paper
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The most recent changes to the Regulations for the conservation of ‘Fuel and Power’ in England, Wales and Scotland brought a toughening of the airtightness requirements for new buildings.
Research has shown that a significant number of non-domestic buildings fail to meet even previous standards. To help specifiers and contractors avoid the costly risk of noncompliance, Engineered Panels in Construction (EPIC) has produced a handy guidance paper.
The document, which looks at airtightness in non-domestic buildings, is the first in a series from EPIC which will cover diverse industry topics, including BIM and safe handling of insulated panels. Guidance papers can be viewed or downloaded for free from the EPIC website here.
‘Improved airtightness standards for non-domestic buildings’ provides a breakdown of the latest regulatory requirements in England, Scotland and Wales. It also presents findings from EPIC’s own research into the airtightness of existing buildings. This research shows a significant number of buildings fail to meet the previous Regulations and highlights the need for far greater attention to be paid to limiting air loss.
Finally, the paper provides clear recommendations and guidance on achieving the regulatory airtightness levels with insulated panel constructions. It looks at all aspects of the construction process, from initial design to complex detailing and installation.