When building or converting a new property, it's important to adhere to all Building Regulations and guidelines to ensure your build ticks all the right boxes. At Falcon Energy, we know all too well the importance of such compliance and therefore offer a second to none Part F Ventilation and Commissioning service that's efficient, thorough and professional.

Ventilation testing

Ventilation Standards

Ventilation testing is legally required to verify the practical performance of ventilation in new dwellings or converted properties and measures the airflow for any new property constructed. By ensuring this testing is completed, you'll be complying with Part F of the Building Regulations that was first introduced in 2010.

Ventilation tests must always be carried out by UKAS or BPEC qualified engineers using calibrated equipment; employing an unregistered testing engineer can lead to financial penalties. At Falcon Energy, our entire team is made up of registered, experienced engineers and only such professionals will complete ventilation tests.

What's more, Part F also requires the commissioning and installation of ventilation systems to be overseen properly and efficiently to avoid issues such as dangerous wiring and inadequate access space. Falcon Energy can overlook such commissioning in new build properties and offer expert help, guidance and knowledge.

Working with Falcon Energy

By choosing Falcon Energy to complete your Part F Ventilation Testing and Commissioning, you're guaranteed an efficient service that is professional, speedy and reliable. We pride ourselves on a team of qualified experts and specialists, all of whom are extensively experienced at a range of energy conservation services including ventilation.

We always work closely with you and any onsite contractors or architects from start to finish; you'll never be left out of the loop and we'll always be open and honest about our work practices. We're dedicated to ensuring you pass any Building Regulations with flying colours and if you don't, we'll ensure the best options and solutions are presented clearly and fairly. We work across Sussex, Surrey, Kent and nationwide.

Frequently Asked Questions

How is compliance achieved?

Compliance is achieved through an expert understanding of the air tightness figure in a property and pairing this with an appropriate extract or trickle vent with the correct length of ductwork.

For example, some properties, particularly commercial, will require more powerful extracts to remove air and moisture and this will increase if the air tightness test results are below 8.

As a result, we advise Part F Ventilation tests are booked at the same time as Air Tightness tests. If this is done, we can offer cost savings.


What is the best way to achieve compliance?

This can change depending on the wider design of a property but generally speaking the following are guidelines for sufficient ventilation:

  • At least one trickle vent per single window, or two for double windows
  • Use the shortest possible ductwork path and prevent any blockage
  • The installation of low or high powered extracts
  • At least a 10mm undercut for each internal door

Get in touch with us if you have any questions or require consultation before construction.


Are there minimum rates I need to achieve?

The minimum rates needed are detailed on page 19 in the Ventilation: Approved Document F, as specified in Government requirements.

Please see the relevant rates here: Ventilation: Approved Document F


How important is this testing?

It is a crucial stage of certification that needs to be completed to the standards expected of the Building Regulator.

Achieving a low air test score prevents the buildup of water vapour or pollutants which can spread into other areas of a home, causing dampness and mould. If this occurs it can lead to negative effects on an occupant’s health and the property.

It is essential that the proper extract units are installed to avoid this.


Get in touch

Call us today on 01403 253439 or email info@falconenergy.co.uk to find out more abour our Ventilation and Commissioning services. We're more than happy to offer a free, no obligation quote or answer any questions you might have.