Sound Insulation Testing

Sound Insulation Testing

Building Compliance Testing Limited can provide you with a fast and cost effective SITMA Accredited Pre-Completion Sound Insulation Testing across Mainland UK, in accordance with BS EN ISO140 and BS EN ISO16283.

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 When it comes to constructing a new build or converting a building into residential spaces in Essex, achieving compliance with Building Regulations is crucial. One of the key elements your construction project must adhere to is sound insulation.

Testing New Build Sound

For projects in Essex, there are two vital sound insulation tests employed to assess your property:

1. Airborne Tests: These tests measure sound traveling through the air. By using a speaker to produce noise, we gauge the sound’s impact on the other side of partition walls or floors. This test ensures that noise won’t disturb your future neighbors.

2. Impact Tests: Impact tests focus on sounds transmitted directly through the structure. They replicate common impact sounds using metal hammers on the floor, with sound level meters assessing the noise in the property beneath. This helps guarantee that typical impact sounds are effectively insulated.

Rooms Requiring Sound Testing

As per Building Regulations Approved Document E, rooms in a dwelling that require sound testing include living rooms, bedrooms, studies, kitchens, and dining rooms. Stairwells and hallways usually do not need sound testing.

Proactive Sound Insulation Planning

Failing sound insulation tests can lead to costly delays and additional work. To save both time and expenses for your Essex development, it’s vital to proactively plan for sound insulation from the project’s inception. Here are some key strategies:

  • Use absorbing porous materials to reduce medium and high-frequency sound.
  • Implement floating floors to minimize vibration sound.
  • Choose materials with high mass to absorb vibrations and minimize sound energy transmission.

How Building Compliance Testing Can Assist

When you need sound insulation testing assistance for your project in Essex or the surrounding areas, Building Compliance Testing is here to provide expert support. Contact us today at 01621 493594 to ensure that your development not only meets the necessary acoustic standards but also complies with Building Regulations. Don’t compromise on sound quality—plan for success from the very beginning.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I prepare for a Sound Insulation Test?
  • Ensure 240v mains electrical outlet is available in all rooms to be tested.
  • Access to site is safe and to all the rooms throughout the building. If the adjacent dwelling is under
    different ownership it is your responsibility to ensure access is available for the testing.
  • All rooms where testing is to occur is vacated of all trades during the sound test.
  • All site staff are made aware of the sound test and the requirement to keep background noise to a
  • Any noisy building work in the vicinity of the sound testing will need to be stopped. This can be ground
    works, cleaning, paining, radios or beeping smoke alarms.
  • Ventilation extractor systems are to be turned off during the sound test.
  • For the impact test carpets are removed.
    The rooms in both sides of the separating element is ≥ 25 m3.
  • A set of sound test consists of two airborne wall tests, two airborne floor tests and two impact tests. This
    applies where the same construction in the walls and floors are used throughout the building. If different
    construction is used, then more sound tests will be required.

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