Directive on the Airtightness of Minergie Buildings (RiLuMi 2018)

The situation in Switzerland is as follows: Neither the Swiss Energy Act nor cantonal energy acts/energy regulations stipulate a legal measurement of airtightness. The current standards of the Swiss Engineers and Architects Association (Schweizerischer Ingenieur- und Architektenverein, SIA) are the latest standards for architecture. The 2014 edition of SIA Standard 180 defines requirements for airtightness with limit and target values. The limit values are to be complied with in a voluntary measurement.

National annex to ISO 9972 in Austria

What is recommended in the way of building preparation (methods 1, 2, 3)?

For methods 1 and 2, the Austrian national annex to ISO 9972 page 6, Item 6.3, Table 1, applies. For method 3, there are no references in the national annex. In this case, ISO 9972 applies.

If method 3 is selected, is a checklist drawn up? Of interest is the issue of fixtures incorporated into the building envelope, like letterboxes, window rebate ventilation, WC fans and fire dampers.

There is no checklist for method 3.

Airtightness requirements in France – Measurements performed according to EN ISO 9972

The current French EP regulation called “RT 2012” imposes a maximum airtightness level2 of residential buildings envelope: 0.6 m3.h-1.m-2 for single-family houses and 1 m3.h-1.m-2 for multi- family buildings. The respect of these requirements must be justified either with an airtightness test of each building or by the application of a certified quality management approach on the building airtightness. In both cases, airtightness tests must be performed by a third-party tester, qualified by the certification body, Qualibat.

The new ISO 9972 and use in Denmark

For approx. a year ago, the following was submitted to the Certification Committee, and no response is still seen. Especially the problem of the pressure at which Pa the measurement should start is seen as a criticism, and yet it has not been possible to find a reasonable explanation for the change.

Dear committee at ISO 9972,

I miss an explanation, of the change that came from EN 13829 to ISO 9972

Airtight Buildings, Thermography and Ventilation Systems in Practice

The book of proceedings of the 10th International BUILDAIR Symposium "Airtight Buildings, Thermography and Ventilations Systems in Practice",  held on March 31/ April 1, 2017, in Hannover, Germany. Contains 28 abstracts.

New developments in the field of airtightness measurements and airtightness designs in Switzerland

Purpose of the work

I have already talked about the issue of airtightness designs in Swiss standards at the Buildair Conference in 2015. What are the challenges we are facing two years later, regarding airtightness in Switzerland? And which of the issues in this context could be of interest for other countries?

Methods for measuring and analyzing leakages

Purpose of the work

Based on the results of the FLiB e.V. research project „Evaluation of leakages in airtight layers – Recommendations for action for construction professionals”, testing methods in building practice for the detection, analysis, and evaluation of leakages are put up for discussion.

Method of approach

Leakage detection using thermography – Results with different camera systems

Purpose of the work

Presentation of the advantages of leakage detection using thermography. Which camera systems are suitable for leakage detection via thermography?

Method of approach

The natural pressure differential – Wind infiltration. Results from a long-term measurement

Purpose of the work

The pressure differential at the building envelope results from wind pressure and thermal lift. European and German standards include in the calculation of corresponding infiltration the parameters wind speed, temperature differential, and the wind pressure coefficient from building inflow and outflow. This long-term measurement is to compare the calculations to the pressure differentials measured.

Method of approach