3ARK Building Performance Assessments
Specialising in Energy Efficient build Verification
Benefits & Description
Design and Plan Review
Review of plans during design stage and advise on issues, risks or gaps in the design which will limit the efficiency, sustainability and comfort levels in your future home.
Physical Inspection During Construction
At build stage, it is important to visually inspect the integrity/air tightness of the building envelope during framing, cabling/rough-in, post plaster and finishing stages.Inspection of insulation - before linings are applied - is also carried out as part of this service.
Physical Assessment post Construction
Post construction, clients can elect to have a Residential Efficiency Scorecard assessment performed on their home, or an inspection of specific items of concern. For instance, high energy usage, comfort issues related to draughts, difficulty with heating and cooling rooms in the house, water leaks etc.
Air Pressure Test/Blower Door Test
During build phase, we use this capability to quantifies how air tight or leaky your home is. The tighter the home, the lower your energy spend and the greater the comfort levels.
We use specialised, high quality, state-of-the-art and calibrated test equipment and software to create the air pressure and calculate the uncontrolled flow of air in the building. (It is safe and non-intrusive. Please view the following video)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7fPn-8RatsE
Thermal imaging helps us inspect insulation, areas of potential/suspected water and air leaks. We are formally trained and use state of the art Thermal Imaging equipment.
Air Leakage Identification
Identifies root cause of draughts, low comfort levels and high energy usage and highlight for remedial action.We utilise a combination of air pressure, smoke tracer and thermal imaging techniques/technologies as part of this process.
Based on the clients' requirements and purpose, the output of our inspection and Testing can be compiled in a summary report for your records, or in a detailed formal report if you are seeking redress with your builder or for supporting evidence at VCAT.
You can utilise our advisory services at any stage of the build process to ensure that you get the desired outcome. Clients have utilised this service for the purpose of reviewing plans at design stage and for inspections during construction. Our advisory services have also been utilised for educating and training the builder and trade leads on ‘building an air tight homes’.