Builders’ book. An illustrated guide to building energy efficient homes

This guide outlines key construction details when building a new home (commonly identified as requiring further guidance during multiple site inspections) as well as good practice for delivering them. Overall, the book aims to improve the quality of new homes built, focusing on comfort levels and energy bills and assists builders improve site processes to deliver better performing homes and reduce the risk of condensation and mould growth, excessive heat loss and failure to meet building regulations.


BSRIA Topic Guide - Airtightness

This guide, released by the  Building Services Research and Information Association (BSRIA), provides information on how to design and build buildings to achieve their airtightness targets. It is intended for architects, building service designers, energy assessors, builders, services installers, fire sealers, airtightness testers, building control officers, building owners and building occupiers.

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New innovative low pressure airtightness device for construction sites under development. BUILT2SPEC project

Within the framework of the BUILT2SPEC project, a new airtightness device suitable for construction sites, is being developed for integration with the Built2Spec Self-Inspection Platform. The output will be available directly on the device itself and exportable to a smart phone app developed for this project. The device operates based on a novel low pressure air pulse airtightness technique by the University of Nottingham which allows testing of occupied buildings with no disruption.

37th AIVC - 18th ASHRAE - IAQ 2016 joint Conference: Call for papers

A call for papers is now open for the IAQ 2016 conference, Defining Indoor Air Quality: Policy, Standards and Best Practices, co-organised by ASHRAE and AIVC. The conference will take place from 12 to 14 September 2016 at the Crowne Plaza Old Town Alexandria, in Alexandria, Va. The conference programme will include internationally acclaimed keynote speakers, original peer reviewed papers, the latest in indoor environmental quality control, plus workshops and panel discussions.


QUALICHeCK FACT SHEET #01: Building regulations can foster quality management — the French example on building airtightness

This fact sheet describes how a quality management scheme has been introduced in the French energy regulation to encourage professionals to question their current practice and find effective solutions to improve building airtightness. The scheme allows successful applicants (mostly builders of single-family dwellings) to justify for a given airtightness level without systematic third-party testing. The fact sheet details the basic principles of the approach as well as the requirements applicants have to fulfil.

Energy efficient renovation of standard houses in Greenland

This study gives a detailed overview of Greenlandic residential buildings from 1957-1963 and describes their condition based on extensive measurements (blower door, thermography, indoor air quality measurements, etc.). The study - conducted for the four most common types of standard houses in Sisimiut, Greenland - found the standard houses in a poor condition, even though they had all to some extent been renovated. The blower door tests showed that the air change rate of the houses were much larger than the limit for new buildings.