BUILD June 2017

84 BUILD / June 2017 , Prompt, Efficient and Accurate ‘R P Compliance Testing Ltd’ provides a wide range of useful services, such as building energy calculations, sound insulation testing (Part E), thermal imaging and the P.A.T testing of portable appliances. Selected as part of ‘Innovators in Sustainability’, we profiled the firm to find out more. Director Ros Piggott DipMS set-up and ran for five and a half years, a UKAS Accredited Laboratory based in Norfolk, that provided air tightness testing (for compliance with Building Regulation Part L) and sound insulation testing (for compliance with Part E), until the end of November 2011. At the beginning of 2012, Ros Piggott set-up ‘R P Air Testing Ltd’ to provide a value-for-money service to local developers, architects and the like within the construction industry, offering outstanding customer service and high quality certificates and test reports. The company was renamed/re-branded in November 2013 to ‘R P Compliance Testing Ltd’, which is more appropriate for the range of services offered. Ros is an affiliate member of CIBSE & the IoA. Test engineers are trained to the very highest standards including Bpec qualified. The firm are UKAS Accredited to ISO/IEC 17025: 2005 for Building Leakage & Sound Insulation testing, along with ISO 9001 for which they are certified to with BSI. They are also committed to certification for ISO 14001 Environmental Management System - also with BSI. All measuring equipment is purchased from and UKAS calibrated by BSRIA (certificates are always available for inspection on request) The business is run by a small team of professionals including Ros’s son, Lee O’Brien DipOCEA (pictured) who was appointed as a director and a shareholder in October 2013. Lee is also the firm’s in-house SAP/EPC energy assessor. They all strive towards the same goal - ‘to provide a prompt, efficient and accurate service that meets the exact requirements of all their clients. All administration of the business is taken care of by Marie Adams (pictured below) who has worked with Ros since 2008. R P Compliance is a company committed to quality, the environment, clients and local communities. R P Compliance offer a range of services that can be delivered as a package deal, some of which are detailed in this article. • Airtightness/building leakage testing (part’s L1 & L2); • Air leakage rating of internal structures; • Building energy calculations - SAP’s, PEA’s, EPC’s (part L); • Sound insulation testing (Part E); • Thermal imaging; • Ventilation inspect, test & commission - domestic (part F) and; • P.A.T testing of portable appliances. Thermal Imaging Thermal imaging is an extremely effective technique for immediately detecting, visualising and recording temperature differences, heat loss and anomalies. The applications are numerous and varied. It can be used to detect precise areas in the building envelope that contribute to draughts and heat loss, such as around services, through gaps, poorly fitted windows and doors, breaks in insulation, etc. Moisture is also an efficient conductor of heat energy and wet insulation is in fact worse than having no insulation at all, and thermography can display surface temperature variations that provide information in the underlying structure. R P Compliance Testing Ltd have the latest calibrated equipment to carry out a thermal survey of your property, which will enable identification of areas with potential for improvement that could result in considerable savings for your energy bills. Thermal imaging is also included with the firm’s air tightness test service (this service is normally only available through the colder winter months). Portable Appliance Testing (P.A.T.) Portable electrical appliance testing is a very important part of any Health & Safety policy. It applies to instances where they are: • Used by employees; • Used by the public in establishments such as hospitals, schools, hotels and shops; • Supplied or hired and; • Are repaired or serviced. Whether you require P.A.T. testing to comply with your health & safety policy, insurance policy or are concerned about a faulty appliance within your facility, R P Compliance Testing has the equipment, personnel and know how to get you results. They recognise the importance of P.A.T. testing, and have invested in staff training and the latest test equipment to ensure these services are carried out quickly to the highest standard possible. Their services are available to everyone including those in the following sectors: • Industrial & manufacturing plants; • Business and retail parks; • Schools, colleges & educational establishments; • Commercial offices; • Superstores & shops; • Sports & leisure centres; • Hotels, guest houses & holiday lets and; • Government buildings & local authorities. All testing performed by R P Compliance Testing is carried out strictly in accordance with the ‘Code of Practice 1702BU20