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Condensation risk analysis safeguards occupants of buildings from health and financial concerns linked to condensation and mould issues. As buildings improve in thermal efficiency, the likelihood of condensation rises.

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Therefore, designs in both residential and non-residential developments must find a balance between energy efficiency, ventilation, and measures to prevent condensation. Following specialist guidance on this analysis helps in creating a well-coordinated design approach.

We are here to offer guidance and support in risks associated with condensation, and also provide comprehensive condensation risk analysis.

When does Condensation Form?

Condensation typically occurs when warm, humid air meets a colder surface or when there’s a notable temperature difference within the building. Surface condensation happens on visible surfaces like walls or around windows, often in areas with lower temperatures (thermal bridges). Interstitial condensation, on the other hand, takes place within the structure or sealed construction systems, where insufficient air circulation can lead to moisture accumulation.

To assess condensation risk, an analysis determines where it’s likely to form and whether it poses a design challenge. In some cases, if it can be shown that condensation will naturally dissipate in the summer, it may not be considered a design issue by the warranty provider or building control body. However, if there’s an expectation of ongoing condensation within the building elements, the design should be adjusted to minimise condensation buildup and prevent costly fixes in the future.

Often coupled with:

SAP Calculation - New Build
Water Consumption Calculation (Part G)
U-Value Calculation
Thermal Bridging Calculation
Sound Testing
Air Pressure Testing
Energy Statement
BREEAM Assessment

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The Different Types of Condensation

Condensation can be found in two primary forms: surface and interstitial condensation.

Surface condensation

Surface condensation occurs visibly on construction surfaces rather than between layers. Internal surface condensation may foster mould growth, compromising indoor air quality and causing unsightly pattern staining. Thermal bridges can undermine insulation, contributing to surface condensation as heat dissipates, leaving the inner surface cold.

Interstitial condensation

Interstitial condensation happens between construction layers, within the roof, wall, or floor elements. This type can deteriorate or even jeopardise assembly components, potentially reducing their lifespan. It’s crucial to design elements that prevent interstitial condensation or incorporate effective ventilation to eliminate any formed condensation.

Condensation Risk Analysis is conducted in the detailed design phase to ensure proposed building junctions are designed to minimise the risk of condensation formation.

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Why Choose Focus 360 Energy for a Condensation Risk Analysis?

When it comes to Condensation Risk Analysis, Focus 360 Energy stands out due to our approach. We go beyond the surface, ensuring a thorough examination by:

Reviewing Original Design and Specifications
Our process is initiated with an examination of the original design and specifications. Understanding the initial plans lays the foundation for a comprehensive analysis, allowing us to identify potential issues from the outset.

Opening Up to Confirm Construction Details and Potential Defects
Unlike a surface-level assessment, we believe in confirming construction details and identifying potential defects by physically opening up relevant areas. This hands-on approach ensures that our analysis is not based solely on assumptions but is rooted in verified information.

Assessing Properties of Existing Materials
The materials used in construction play a pivotal role in determining condensation risks. Focus 360 Energy assesses the properties of existing materials to gauge their impact on the overall risk profile. This in-depth analysis enables us to provide tailored recommendations for effective risk mitigation.

Monitoring Environmental Conditions with Temperature and Relative Humidity Sensors
Understanding the dynamic environmental conditions is crucial for an accurate condensation risk assessment. Our use of temperature and relative humidity sensors allows us to monitor and record real-time data, providing insights into the fluctuations that may contribute to condensation issues.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is condensation risk analysis, and why is it important?

Condensation risk analysis safeguards building occupants from health and financial concerns linked to condensation and mould. As buildings improve in thermal efficiency, the likelihood of condensation rises. It’s important because it helps create a well-coordinated design approach that balances energy efficiency, ventilation, and measures to prevent condensation.

When does condensation typically form, and what are the different types?

Condensation typically occurs when warm, humid air meets a colder surface or when the building has a notable temperature difference. It can be found in two primary forms: surface and interstitial condensation. Surface condensation occurs visibly on construction surfaces, while interstitial condensation happens between construction layers

How does Focus 360 Energy approach condensation risk analysis differently?

Focus 360 Energy stands out in condensation risk analysis by going beyond the surface. They review original design and specifications, open up to confirm construction details and potential defects, assess properties of existing materials, and monitor environmental conditions with temperature and relative humidity sensors.

What does the condensation risk analysis process involve?

The condensation risk analysis process involves a thorough examination of the original design and specifications, confirmation of construction details and potential defects by physically opening up relevant areas, assessment of the properties of existing materials, and monitoring of environmental conditions with temperature and relative humidity sensors.

How can I get started with a condensation risk analysis from Focus 360 Energy?

To get started with a condensation risk analysis from Focus 360 Energy, simply contact them for a quote. Their online system makes it easy to schedule an assessment, and their team of assessors will guide you through the process.

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