TightVent Europe newsletter issue #10 - June 2016

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The TightVent Europe Newsletter aims to keep you regularly informed about developments regarding building and ductwork airtightness, including policy issues, publications, events, innovative technologies, case studies, research activities etc.


Improving building airtightness is not at all about reducing the amount of fresh air provided to remove indoor pollutants; it is about controlling airflow rates so that ventilation systems (whether natural, hybrid or mechanical) function properly and without wasting energy. Of course, this means both the building airtightness and ventilation have to be properly designed and implemented. Scandinavian countries were known to be quite advanced on ventilation systems, including regarding the airtightness levels commonly achieved in these countries compared to the rest of Europe. The recent Belgian, British, and French initiatives to improve the quality of ventilation systems including checks of airflow rates or ductwork airtightness are positive developments in this direction.

The "airtightness" workshop held during the Clima 2016 and co-organised by TightVent was the occasion to discuss these aspects, but also more broadly the status and research needs in the field of building and ductwork airtightness. This newsletter also outlines interesting initiatives with regard to quality of the works and compliance, building airtightness design, and residential ventilation and heath. 


Contents include: 

  • Foreword
  • Progress made on building and ductwork airtightness in the past 5 years
  • September 12-14, 2016: 37th AIVC –ASHRAE- IAQ joint conference Alexandria, VA, USA
  • New QUALICHeCK factsheets available
  • Flib releases guidelines and a database of construction details
  • AIVC launched new Technical Note on residential ventilation and health
  • Building airtightness and initiatives to improve the quality of the works”- Webinar recordings now available
  • Events calendar


To read and download the newsletter please click on the link provided below.