When we intend to buy a new home, generally we look at aesthetics and property status, conditions of the surroundings, the quality of finish, the presence of property services and proximity to the workplace. But are we really sure that this is enough to this to be sure to buy a property? No! Now more than ever energy efficiency becomes a criterion to consider when buying a property. Here then is a set of guidelines in ten points, specially drawn up by the architects of studio and dedicated to those who want to buy a safe house.

1) Controlling heat loss
The first thing to do is check the thermal imaging with a thermal imaging camera, which allows you to highlight critical points where the heat loss of the building and compare it with its “energy certificate”. Only in this way can we know if the apartment that we love so much are also well insulated or not.

2 temperature Amounts dispersed or accumulated)
It is important to establish the amount of temperature-heat-flow is dispersed or accumulated from the House. It is fitted with a thermo-meter, which allows you to draw up a report on the actual characteristics of the property.

3) interstitial Condensation
Among the tasks to be done and the checks to be carried out, it is important to check the humidity with a hygrometer, which is able to highlight levels of interstitial condensation, a value that would be equivalent to 55%.

4) soundproofing
Before buying a new home, it is important to carry out a check on the power of the building insulation, especially with regard to the walls that connect internal divisions and external curtain walls of the building. The tool that is used in these cases is the integrating analyser.

5) electrical system
Make sure the electrical system of the building complies. To ensure this, you have to have the Declaration of compliance with the standards, approving all electrical installation. Certification must be issued by a qualified technician, with an integrated system for testing of electrical installations in compliance with the CEI.

If you have already done the proposed purchase, you have every right to make sure that the electrical installation complies with current, otherwise the possible cancellation of the sales contract.

6) plumbing
Before buying a home, you should check the status and responsiveness of plumbing, analyzing project scheme (which must be issued by the main contractor) and comparing this first check with the acoustic tests.

7) Radon gas
You don’t want to buy a House and find out later that you live in radioactivity? If you want to buy a property located in the lower floors (up to 2), check the presence of Radon gas, via the appropriate passive detectors.

8) electromagnetic fields;
Check for permanent electromagnetic fields (such as substations, high-voltage pylons, mobile phones, etc.), with the appropriate detector of electromagnetic fields. This will prevent unpleasant surprises for health.

9) load-bearing structures;
Check out the project, the report and the static testing of the property you want to buy and make enquiries with the Tracker of armor and integrated digital test hammer. In case of earthquakes, these small steps could make a difference.

Rule # 10: temperature and noise disturbances from the Windows.
Before signing the purchase proposal, check the temperature and noise disturbances from the Windows and dumpsters. Is something that is done with the camera and the heat flow meter, measuring the thermal conditions, while the sound level meter measure the acoustics of the Windows and the entire building.

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