The Airtightness Testers’ Association (ATA) represents individuals registered by The British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing (BINDT) to carry out air tightness tests in the UK. Testing is carried out in accordance with the relevant building regulations; Part L1 in England and Wales, Section 6 in Scotland and Part F1 in Northern Ireland.
The association was formed at the start of 2012; membership is open to all airtightness testers and anyone interested in the air tightness testing industry can join as an associate member.
Airtightness testing is a new industry and the ATA are fully involved in how air tightness testing will be carried out in the future. To develop a robust future we need the support and input from all testers so please forward your ideas or complaints to us.
A committee has been formed to provide direction and participation in various industry sector meetings.
News Update 16th July 2014
National Occupational Standards (NOS) for Air Tightness Testing
The Building Futures Group has been asked by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) to develop a set of National Occupational Standards (NOS) for Air Tightness Testing Functions.
The NOS will be incorporated into a Minimum Technical Competence statement similar to many that currently exist for other technical areas such as electrical installation. The NOS can also be used to inform training programmes and could form the basis of a qualification should that prove to be viable.
There are currently 9 draft NOS standards covering the functions performed in air tightness testing. Not all of these will be performed by one person and certain activities, such as calculating the area of building envelopes or ensuring calibration of equipment, might be performed by different people within an organisation. Individuals will be able to select an appropriate number of NOS to best reflect their work role.
For more information and to participate in the consultation please click on this link: http://www.thebuildingfuturesgroup.com/sector-skills-council/national-occupational-standards/air-tightness-testing-nos/
The deadline is Friday 15th August