Who are we?

Welcome to Ecotest! We’re a family led company that’s been helping clients improve their environment inside and out since 2007.

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Our journey started with air tightness testing, developing extensive experience in both domestic and commercial applications, and we’ve since grown to become specialists in bespoke end-to-end ventilation solutions.

At the heart of our business is our commitment to making a positive impact on the environment. When Steve Talbot founded Ecotest, he saw an opportunity to develop a business that supported growing concerns for the environment and would help buildings become more sustainable.

With the addition of Director, Alex Tonge, we’ve expanded our services to include comprehensive ventilation solutions. And we’re not stopping there! We’re constantly looking for ways to grow and improve, driven by our passion for improving your environment inside and out.

Our mission, vision, and values

Our mission is to improve the environment inside buildings and the impact of those buildings on the wider environment.

Our vision is to establish Ecotest as the leading company for air tightness and ventilation solutions, for self-builds and environmentally conscious developments.

Our values are:

Environmental

We believe in the importance of environmental responsibility and strive to make a positive impact through our work.

Quality

We are committed to delivering the highest quality products and services, backed by our experience and a dedication to continuous improvement.

Reliability

We are trustworthy and dependable, delivering on our commitments.

Get in touch to learn more

We will support you to find the best ventilation and air tightness strategies for your project.

Our management team

Alexander Tonge

Director

Alex obtained a First Class Honours in History before joining a FTSE 100 company as a graduate, where he gained 7 years experience in both procurement and project management. Notably he achieved MCIPS status in Procurement and was awarded ‘Up and Coming Professional of the Year’ in 2018.

Despite his success within the organisation, Alex did not feel fulfilled and wanted a career that improved the quality of people’s lives and the environment. So in 2021 he took the bold decision to take a leap of faith, leaving his employment in what many would see as an aspirational career. This previous experience provides valuable business insight to Ecotest.

Alex is fully accredited with both the Elmhurst Air Tightness Scheme and Ventilation Scheme and is continually looking to expand his professional development.

Within Ecotest Alex shares the leadership responsibilities with Steve Talbot and leads the business development activities alongside the ventilation arm of the business.

Outside of work Alex is a recent father and a self-confessed golf addict. When he’s not with his family, the golf course is often where you will find him.

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Steve Talbot

Director

Steve completed an Honours degree in Electronic Engineering in the early 1990s and following this had a career in telecoms software development. After redundancies swept the telecoms industry, Steve took the opportunity to found Ecotest in 2007, providing air tightness testing services throughout the North of England, Southern Scotland and Northern Wales.

Back then air tightness testing was a relatively new discipline and had only just been brought into the UK Building Regulations. Steve was part of a small collaboration of air tightness testers that took the initiative to establish the Independent Air Tightness Testing Scheme (iATS) gaining UK government approval as a competent person scheme.

iATS subsequently moved under the ownership of Elmhurst to become the Elmhurst Airtightness Scheme (EAS) of which Steve is a certified member.

Within Ecotest Steve shares the leadership responsibilities with Alex Tonge and leads the business operations alongside the air tightness services arm of the business.

Away from Ecotest, Steve is keen on all sports and has held a season ticket for his local football team since 1982! He loves spending time with his family and in particular his grand daughter.

Our trusted partners

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Murton & Co

As energy and cost of living become more significant and with a more stringent regulatory landscape within the built environment, the need for consultants to have a breadth of knowledge and expertise in delivering good, honest advice on energy efficiency is paramount.

We have risen to these challenges, taking a collaborative approach to delivering the services required by clients in the property and construction industry. Our offering and expertise over the past 10 years has evolved into more than just providing Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs); we provide a holistic service around building performance, from assessing existing buildings through to evaluating the energy performance of new build projects throughout the UK.

Our expertise is being able to solve problems, taking complex issues and delivering workable solutions. We focus on the three Cs – Cost, Comfort and Compliance.

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Designed 2 Comply

Established in 2017, Designed 2 Comply Energy provides Design and As Built SAP Calculations for New Build dwellings and also conversions. I work alongside Architects, builders and self-builders to Design Homes fit for the future, which are well insulated and energy efficient. This is all carried out with a friendly and helpful approach, with the aim of creating the the home you want.

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C & G Design Consultancy

We are an independent ventilation design consultancy, that creates low energy and high comfort solutions for your indoor air quality needs. We have the knowledge and skills to design your project to the highest standards, whether you need a PassivHaus system or a UK building regulation compliant system. We work with partner organisations to create a network of trust for our clients and rely on word of mouth and referrals. We also indemnify our designs up to £5m to give you peace of mind.

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Red Acoustics

Established and accomplished, Red Acoustics adopts a can-do approach paired with a strength-in-depth of technical expertise in achieving your acoustic requirements.

Our services across the sectors include:

  • Architectural acoustics – design guidance to commissioning tests
  • Environmental acoustics
  • Industrial acoustics & noise control
  • Vibration analysis
  • Mechanical service acoustics & noise control
  • Pre-completion testing and product development

We have been incredibly impressed with the knowledge, ethos and approach that Ecotest have on ventilation and the impact this can play in achieving compliance with Building Regulations as well as delivering a healthy environment within the building. Ecotest have been supporting our commercial and domestic clients for several years and we will continue to work closely with Alex and Steve. Highly recommended.

Jonathan Murton MRICS, Managing Director and Technical Lead – Murton & Co

We have enjoyed a valuable synergy with Ecotest, dating back to our mutual establishment, allied through sharing a transparent and relatable approach-in-common to our clients’ needs. Ecotest offers a range of services expertly delivered in a practical manner, supporting the building standard requirements of Air Tightness Testing, Extract Fan Testing and Ventilation Commissioning/Solutions within the range of established, converted and new builds. Steve and Alex are motivated to offer a thorough and customised scope of work to their clients, providing robust, cost-effective solutions. We highly recommend Ecotest for the tailored, professional service they deliver.

Simon Webster, Director – Red Acoustics