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Measuring away the Performance Gap

As a nation we are committed to achieving a net zero carbon emissions target by 2050. The UK Government has recently announced a ten point action plan to eradicate its contribution to climate change, with a strong focus on making new and existing homes more energy efficient.

 

Whilst hugely positive, these changes have led to some immediate challenges for our sector.

Carbon budgets are driving the need for higher insulation standards, but buildings are failing to meet their thermal specifications by a considerable margin. Research has shown that dwellings often underperform compared to their EPC rating and this is largely due to inconsistencies in the building fabric.

 

Flaws and errors in the construction, such as thermal bridges and poorly fitted insulation, can have significant impact. Past studies have demonstrated energy use can be up to five times more than designed with the associated fuel bills and CO2 being increased by a similar factor.

 

If we fail to quantify and minimise this performance gap carbon budgets cannot be met. Real-world measurement, testing and verification of energy performance will play a vital role in the coming decade and beyond.

Our Vision

To see Veritherm testing become common practice on housing schemes in every community.

Our Mission

To make thermal performance testing quick, simple, and affordable.

Our Technology

Energy efficient housing and the decarbonisation of heating and electricity is critically dependent on a market ready solution for assessing building performance.

 

We have developed, Veritherm, a unique and unrivalled testing solution for assessing as-built thermal performance (total fabric energy loss).

Our low-cost technology can rapidly assess whether a building has the thermal properties that are specified in the design. This could be to ensure compliance at hand-over between construction and management of a building or be used at other times (e.g. checking the effect of a major re-fit or for correctly sizing a heat pump).

 

The Veritherm thermal validation process consists of applying heating power to the building over a short period, measuring its thermal response, and comparing the response to what we would expect to see based on its design.

 

Veritherm returns fast and accurate results following a single night of testing.

 

With an elegant mix of advanced mathematics, low-cost testing equipment and a highly scalable digital platform, the Veritherm technology has revolutionised in-situ thermal performance measurement, making it quick, simple, and affordable.

the Veritherm technology and business model

Our Technology

Energy efficient housing and the decarbonisation of heating and electricity is critically dependent ona market ready solution for assessing building performance.

 

We have developed, Veritherm, a unique and unrivalledtesting solution for assessing as-built thermal performance (total fabric heat loss).

Our low-costtechnologycan rapidly assess whether a building has the thermal properties that are specified in the design. This could be to ensure compliance at hand-over between construction and management of a building or be used at other times (e.g., checking the effect of a major re-fit or for correctly sizing a heat pump).

The Veritherm thermal validation process consists of applying heating power to the building over a short period, measuring its thermal response, and comparing the response to what we would expect to see based on its design.

Veritherm returns fast and accurate results following a single night of testing.

With an elegant mix of advanced mathematics, low-cost testing equipment and a highly scalable digital platform, the Veritherm technology has revolutionised in-situ thermal performance measurement, making it quick, simple, and affordable.

FAQs

Total Fabric Heat Loss with units W/K, measures energy loss from a building as a function of temperature difference.

In typical scenarios we expect to detect 10-15% deviation in heat loss.

Test results are immediately published by the platform once the test is completed and test report is shared digitally.

Your Approved Veritherm Tester will advise on the best course of action.

An air pressure test allows you to understand if the building is airtight. A Veritherm test is to see if the building has been adequately insulated.

Our highly intelligent platform does all the hard work for you, after our three day training course you will have gained all the skills you need to carry out the Veritherm testing.

No, once the test kit has been deployed it can be controlled and monitored remotely from our smart platform.

No, Veritherm can be used to test both new and existing buildings.

Domestic properties and other small commercial buildings.

Yes, the building must be unoccupied for the duration of the test, max twelve hours. Yes, the building must be unoccupied for the duration of the test, max twelve hours.

No, the building can be furnished if there is enough floorspace for equipment.

The test is not restricted to winter months. A minimum temperature difference of 10°C is required between inside and outside. A temperature difference of 20°C will give maximum sensitivity in measurement.

To avoid the effects of solar heating.

Yes, all electrical devices must be turned off during the test, although some exceptions can be made. Items that cannot be turned off will be monitored for power consumption.

Strong winds, driving rain and heavy snow should be avoided.

Inside temperature should be around 15°C to 25°C before the test starts.

No, the Veritherm test is normally carried out on a “sealed space”. A blower door or tracergas test should be introduced to understand air loss.

Almost every building has a thermal specification. This can usually be found in a SAP/RdSAP report or BIM model. If this information is unavailable apreliminary calculation can be carried out beforehand to understand how the building should be performing.

The Veritherm test kit will test a small to medium sized domestic dwelling. Loggers should be placed in each liveable room of a property, one outside and one in any adjacent properties where attached (if possible).

Yes, you can buy ad- on items from our online shop to expand your test capability.

A preconfigured test kit can test one building. If you have multiple test kits you can test multiple buildings, across different sites, at any given time.

Total Fabric Heat Loss with units W/K, measures energy loss from a building as a function of temperature difference.

In typical scenarios we expect to detect 10-15% deviation in heat loss.

Our highly intelligent platform does all the hard work for you, after ourthree day training course you will have gained all the skills you need to carry out the Veritherm testing.

No, once the test kit has been deployed it can be controlled and monitored remotely from our smart platform.

No, Veritherm can be used to test both new and existing buildings.

Domestic properties and other small commercial buildings.

Yes, the building must be unoccupied for the duration of the test, max twelve hours.Yes, the building must be unoccupied for the duration of the test, max twelve hours.

No, the building can be furnished if there is enough floorspace for equipment.

The test is not restricted to winter months.A minimum temperature difference of 10°C is required between inside and outside. A temperature difference of 20°Cwill give maximum sensitivity in measurement.

To avoid the effects of solar heating.

Test results are immediately published by the platform once the test is completed and test report is shared digitally.

Your Approved Veritherm Tester will advise on the best course of action.

An air pressure test allows you to understand if the building is airtight. A Veritherm test is to see if the building has been adequately insulated.

Yes, all electrical devices must be turned off during the test, although some exceptions can be made. Items that cannot be turned off will be monitored for power consumption.

Strong winds, driving rain and heavy snow should be avoided.

Inside temperature should be around 15°Cto 25°C before the test starts.

No,the Veritherm test is normally carried out on a “sealed space”. A blower door or tracergas test should be introduced to understand air loss.

Almost every building has a thermal specification. This can usually be found in a SAP/RdSAP report or BIM model. If this information is unavailable apreliminary calculation can be carried out beforehand to understand how the building should be performing.

The Veritherm test kit will test a small to medium sized domestic dwelling. Loggers should be placed in each liveable room of a property, one outside and one in any adjacent properties where attached (if possible).

Yes, you can buy ad- on items from our online shop to expand your test capability.

A preconfigured test kit can test one building. If you have multiple test kits you can test multiple buildings, across different sites, at any given time.

Our highly intelligent platform does all the hard work for you, after ourthree day training course you will have gained all the skills you need to carry out the Veritherm testing.
No, once the test kit has been deployed it can be controlled and monitored remotely from our smart platform.
No, Veritherm can be used to test both new and existing buildings.
Domestic properties and other small commercial buildings.
Yes, the building must be unoccupied for the duration of the test, max twelve hours.Yes, the building must be unoccupied for the duration of the test, max twelve hours.
No, the building can be furnished if there is enough floorspace for equipment.
The test is not restricted to winter months.A minimum temperature difference of 10°C is required between inside and outside. A temperature difference of 20°Cwill give maximum sensitivity in measurement.
To avoid the effects of solar heating.
Yes, all electrical devices must be turned off during the test, although some exceptions can be made. Items that cannot be turned off will be monitored for power consumption.
Strong winds, driving rain and heavy snow should be avoided.
Inside temperature should be around 15°Cto 25°C before the test starts.
No,the Veritherm test is normally carried out on a “sealed space”. A blower door or tracergas test should be introduced to understand air loss.
Almost every building has a thermal specification. This can usually be found in a SAP/RdSAP report or BIM model. If this information is unavailable apreliminary calculation can be carried out beforehand to understand how the building should be performing.
The Veritherm test kit will test a small to medium sized domestic dwelling. Loggers should be placed in each liveable room of a property, one outside and one in any adjacent properties where attached (if possible).
Yes, you can buy ad- on items from our online shop to expand your test capability.
A preconfigured test kit can test one building. If you have multiple test kits you can test multiple buildings, across different sites, at any given time.

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