NoiseAir were recently instructed to carry out sound testing at a newly built, four storey apartment block in Loughborough. The project involved demolition of an old commercial building which was subsequently replaced with 24 brand new apartments.
In accordance with Building Regulations Approved Document E, there is a requirement for sound insulation testing of the walls and floors between adjoining dwellings . This is to ensure that the partitions do not exceed acceptable noise transmission levels for future residents at the development.
Sound insulation testing (or ‘Part E testing’) covers both airborne and impact noise tests. Examples of airborne noise might be conversation or music being overheard from a neighbouring flat, whereas impact noise would be typical of footsteps in a flat above. Inevitably, unwanted noise transmission can present a major problem for residents, so adequate sound insulation is essential.
Our consultants carried out the testing over three site visits. The first visit was a preliminary test on one apartment to ensure that the construction design was complying with regulations. Two further site visits were then carried out to test the remaining walls and floors. A certificate was then issued for the buildings inspector.
Are you a property developer and need advice on sound testing requirements? Our team of experienced acoustic 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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