Upgrading Existing Homes

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Monday, 21 January 2013 17:46

Air Pressure Testing

Air Pressure Testing

Air pressure testing is a method by which Clean Footprint Ltd measure the air tightness of your home. The aim of air tightness testing is to measure the flow of air within a building and identify areas that are experiencing heat loss. It will also highlight how well your property will retain heat and in turn reduce carbon emissions, making it more efficient and cheaper to maintain.

The revised building regulations (24th January 2008) introduce mandatory air pressure testing for new dwellings.*All new single dwellings will require an air pressure test from 1st July 2008.

What is Air Tightness?
Air tightness measures the flow of air in and out of a building. Air leakage is the uncontrolled flow of air through gaps and cracks in the fabric of a building. Improving air tightness in a dwelling can reduce air leakage. The aim of air tightness is to "build tight, ventilate right". This means that there are no breaks or gaps in the envelope of the building fabric and there is complete control over the ventilation system within the building. Having an airtight property does not mean there is insufficient air flow, it means there is controlled air flow. The only satisfactory way to measure air tightness is by using blower door test equipment.

Cleanfootprint Air tightness testing highlights areas of heat loss. These areas are increasing your energy consumption and, with it, the amount of money your property is wasting. Air tightness and thermal imaging can locate these areas and therefore allow you to make the necessary changes to increase the energy efficiency of your home.

Air Tightness for Existing Dwellings Draught - Detection
Air tightness testing is a legal requirement on new dwellings only. However, if you find your home is draughty, you could be losing up to 30% of your main heating bill through these draughts. The draughts are caused by gaps and cracks in the building fabric and are most likely out of sight.

Cleanfootprint offers draught detection to the existing house market. The aim of the service is to improve the comfort of the home in which you live. The service includes a report which, if followed, will reduce the heating cost and will improve the comfort of your home.

Why use Air Tightness testing and Thermal Imaging together?
Air tightness testing and thermal imaging complement each other. Their combined use indicates air leakage within a property. Once these have been identified, solutions can be decided upon that will increase the energy efficiency of your building, and save you money over time.

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Monday, 21 January 2013 16:54

Upgrading Existing Homes

Upgrading Existing Homes

At CleanFootprint Ltd we specialise in upgrading existing homes to an EU standard. We insulate your home by using an EIFS Insulation (External Insulated Finishing System).

The first step is to book Clean Footprint to asses your home, using air pressure testing and thermal imaging we can identify where air is leaking in and out of your home. Air leakage results in higher home heating costs.

Once identified we can insulate your house and attic to ensure no air leakage, thus reducing your home heating costs.

Are you prepared to be an intelligent house

External House Insulation
This process involves Insulation been applied to the outer layer of your house, (a wrap around your house) when your house insulation is completed, a high quality render (coloured plaster) is applied, giving you a complete new external finish.

Internal House Insulation
Internally we can insulate your attic. Air tightness is achieved by insulation, covered by a breathable membrane this will keep the cold air out and the warm air in. We also offer a Heat Recovery System which provides ventilation and prevents stale air; this creates a healthy and comfortable climate within the house.

All our work is tested and certified by an independent assessor to give you an energy rating, therefore making your home more valuable.

Why upgrade my home now?
From 2009 the Building Regulations dictate that all existing dwellings when rented, sold or leased will require an Energy Assessment. This rating will inherently affect the market demand for the dwelling and therefore the resale value or rental income. As with rising energy prices the Energy Efficiency will become a key concern for prospective purchasers or tenants. For the home owner this will be an invaluable insight into the performance of their home and will provide objective guidance as to how to reduce their fuel bills and improve the overall performance of their building.

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for more information on our house insulation services.

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