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Last edited 22 Apr 2022
Air pressure n50 test
The n50-value over one hour is used by the Passivhaus standard to describe the number of air changes that occur within a building's envelope at a pressure difference of 50 Pascals (Pa). The Passivhaus standard is based on a building physics principle that a building can be heated only by the occupants' activities and solar gains. As such the standard is primarily interested in the volume of air that needs to be heated and thus the rate at which that volume of air would be replenished through uncontrolled ventilation or minimised through air tightness.
This is measured through an n50 pressure test which is carried out by closing and sealing doors and windows and installing a door blower to create a pressure differential of 50 Pa (equivalent to a 5 mm water column) between the inside and outside to measure the air change rate. The standard (or n50) requires a test result which is less than 0.6 air changes per hour @ 50 Pascals expressed as < 0.6h-1@50pa. Note that the volume of the building is based on the sum volume of all individual rooms rather than the total volume within the envelope.
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