Building Regulations Approved Document E - why you need sound insulation testing
Guidance on achieving building regulation approval is provided by Building Regulation Approved Documents. The requirement for noise is set out in the Building Regulations Approved Document E for testing the sound insulation of buildings. Part E contains guidance on the resistance of the passage of sound within and between domestic premises, and also within schools.
For residential developments, there is a requirement for walls and floors between adjoining dwellings to be sound tested to ensure they do not exceed acceptable noise transmission levels.
This noise falls into two categories: airborne (e.g. conversation) and impact (e.g. footsteps). The extent of testing required depends on the size and design of the development.
We always recommend that you get in touch at the earliest possible point in your project. This way we can plan ahead, helping you to avoid hassle and costly delays.