A ductwork system that has limited air leakage, within defined limits, will ensure that the design characteristics of the VAC system are sustained. It will also ensure that energy and operational costs are maintained at optimal levels.
Does the UK have any requirements regarding ventilation ductwork airtightness and how does the UK assess the installed performance of ducted mechanical ventilation systems?
The UK’s Building Regulations set the minimum standard for the energy performance of domestic and non-domestic buildings as part of its commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Essentially, reasonable provision shall be made for the conservation of fuel and power by doing the following:
- Limiting heat losses and gains;
- Providing fixed building services, which are:
- have effective controls, which are commissioned and tested;
- provide the owner with sufficient information about the building and the fixed building services so that the building can be operated to use no more fuel and power than is reasonable.