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Condensation Risk Analysis for bespoke construction and basements

Condensation Risk Analysis

Although Building Regulations are designed to adequately protect buildings from condensation risk, for particular types of bespoke construction and basements, you may need additional checks and analysis to ensure that condensation will not lead to problem mould growth.

How Energist can help

Variations or breaks in insulation can cause cold spots, which can lead to internal condensation and mould growth. Building Regulations aim to adequately protect buildings from both interstitial and surface condensation through calculations and risk analysis based on the design drawings, however if you are working to a bespoke construction or are constructing a basement, your design will likely need additional checks to ensure condensation isn’t going to be a problem.

Surface condensation can occur where reduced levels of insulation create a cold point on a particular wall, roof or floor. Interstitial condensation can occur where vapour can build up within a construction with no means of escaping. You would usually only complete these calculations if there is a perceived risk based on the design drawings.

Condensation Risk Analysis is completed as part of the detailed design to ensure the proposed building junctions are designed to limit the risk of condensation forming.

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Why choose Energist?

  • Our team can assess both surface and interstitial condensation risk and create calculations for designs and constructions of all types.
  • We understand that the design and materials can change, so we include a free re-run for each model in case this happens.
  • As well as the standard calculation sheets, we also produce a plain English report which summarises your results and clearly indicates performance.

Complete solutions from Energist

  • Condensation analysis is closely linked to Thermal Bridging, which is a bespoke approach used for assessing and reducing the heat loss at your project and can improve the results of your SAP or SBEM Calculations.
  • For commercial buildings, a SBEM Calculation is required to show energy efficiency compliance.
  • For residential dwellings, a SAP Calculation is required to show energy efficiency compliance.