So Who are BSRIA?
Well, BSRIA (it takes its name from the initial letters of the Building Services Research and Information Association) is a UK-based Air Leakage Testing, instrumentation, research and consultancy organisation, providing specialist services in construction and building services engineering. It is a not-for-profit, member-based association, with over 650 member companies. BSRIA are basically the governing body of Air Tightness, Air Leakage Air Pressure Testing companies. We currently use ATTMA for our certification etc, but we use BSRIA for our Air Tightness Testing Equipment Calibrations. We send our equipment off to BSRIA once a year to get the calibration updated, allowing us to carry out Air Pressure Testing.
BSRIA was formed in 1955 as the Heating and Ventilating Research Council, later to become the Heating and Ventilating Research Association. In 1975 the ‘building services’ scope was adopted, marked by the formation of the Building Services Research and Information Association, commonly shortened to BSRIA, and, in 1976, the formation of the Chartered Institution of Building Services, renamed the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) in 1985.
As the Association’s activities developed to meet the needs of an integrated construction industry and to provide more than just research and information, the full name became less relevant. When new government rules required it to split research and other activities into two companies, BSRIA started formal use of the abbreviation.
Trading activities, including research, are now managed through a trading company, BSRIA Limited, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Building Services Research and Information Association, which is a company limited by guarantee. Thus, members – largely companies active in designing and delivering building services – join the Building Services Research and Information Association, and services are provided by BSRIA Limited. (An extract from Wikipedia)
BSRIA do much more than just Air Leakage / Air Tightness Testing related roles, take a look at their website https://www.bsria.co.uk/ for more information.
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