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Eco homes: How to get airtightness right

Airtightness testing is undertaken by specialist companies: the front door is removed and replaced by a temporary unit, with a fan that pumps air into the house to increase the pressure. This test is being carried out by PYC Systems (www.pycsystems.co.uk)
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