When new-build and converted residences are close to completion, there are some important tests which sometimes get left to the last minute.
Compliance with fire regulations may be an obvious necessity. But other building standards must be met by carrying out assessments, such as sound testing and air testing.
Sound tests are often referred to as pre-completion tests or PCTs, and we have carried out thousands of such tests over the last 20 years.
Far from being a last-minute extra, PCTs are a legal requirement under the Building Regulations “Approved Document E”. They are also a critical component in meeting World Health Organisation benchmarks.
Air tests and EPCs
With an eye on sustainability and energy saving commitments, new housing and commercial properties also require tests to measure air leakage levels.
Various testing regimes are incorporated into the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) which lists information about a property’s energy use and typical energy costs.
When carrying out sound testing, we are sometimes also asked about air testing. We do not carry out air tests, but we would suggest an experienced specialist air assessor. Covering the East Anglia region, Alpha Air Testers Ltd has a great reputation.
We recommend you contact us for advice or speak to Building Control before starting work on any building development.
Overlooking the need for mandatory testing can be stressful and hold up progress. If you require a test outside our expertise – such as air testing – we are happy to point you in the right direction.