NoiseAir recently carried out sound insulation testing at a newly refurbished property in Chester. The project involved the conversion of a single detached house into 5 high spec, modern apartments.
Due to the multiple dwellings, sound testing of the walls and floors was necessary on completion, in accordance with Building Regulations Approved Document E. Approved Document E refers to the requirement for sound testing of partition walls and floors between adjoining dwellings . This is to ensure that acceptable noise transmission levels are not exceeded, which would inevitably subject future residents to excessive noise.
Sound insulation testing (or ‘Part E testing’) covers both airborne and impact noise tests. An example of airborne noise would be a neighbour’s conversation or music being overheard from next door or above, whereas an example of impact noise would be footsteps being heard from a flat above. Excessive noise transmission can potentially create a problem for residents, so adequate sound insulation is essential.
Our acoustic consultants carried out the testing and on completion, a certificate was then issued for the buildings inspector.
Are you a property developer or a resident and need advice on sound insulation requirements? Our team of experienced consultants can assist your project in terms of both sound insulation consultancy in the early planning stages, through to the pre-completion sound testing sign off. Our specialist acoustic software can assess the materials and design you are planning to use on new walls and floors to predict sound insulation levels.
Get in touch with our acoustics team to discuss your requirements or to book your sound insulation test.
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