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Achieving airtightness: general principles.  <B> (Downloadable version)</B>

Achieving airtightness: general principles. (Downloadable version)

by M Jaggs & C Scivyer (13-Feb-2006)

Book Description

The aim of this three-part Good Building Guide is to give the best advice on achieving airtightness in new buildings. It is based on data obtained from laboratory testing and observations made while undertaking air leakage audits in buildings. This first part (8 pages) describes the common air leakage paths and sets out the principles to follow when developing energy efficient construction details.

Parts 2 and 3 (available separately) provide practical guidance on airtightness techniques appropriate to most building types.

Part 1 Contents:
Why is air leakage a problem?
Avoiding air leakage
Design principles
Main structural elements
Sealing joints
Expansion joints
Concealed areas
Design for life
Avoid continuous voids
Construction practice
Inspection and supervision
Airtightness of buildings
Air leakage audits
Post construction
References and further reading
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