At Acoustic Associates, we offer the following sound insulation testing to our clients, whether they wish to comply with the latest Building Regulations targets or other criteria on a project:
We are also able to provide the following complementary design services:
Please contact your local office where our consultants will be happy to discuss all aspects on sound insulation within buildings, and explain the testing procedure.
Approved Document E of The Building Regulations (2003 Edition) is the document setting out the requirements for sound insulation in buildings.
It contains a requirement that organisations carrying out pre-completion sound insulation testing (PCT) should be third party accredited in order to demonstrate their competence to carry out such work. The Association of Noise Consultants' PCT scheme has been approved by The Office of The Deputy Prime Minister as suitable for complying with the requirements, and all members of Acoustic Associations are registered under The Association of Noise Consultants scheme as certified testing organisations.
Since 1st July 2003, such testing has become a mandatory requirement in "material change of use" properties, otherwise known as conversions. They are also a requirement in some types of new build properties, such as hostels, hotels, student accommodation etc. Such properties are described in Approved Document E as "Rooms for Residential Purposes".
New-build houses and flats do not need to be tested for sound insulation performance if they adhere to the specifications of approved construction, known as Robust Details. However, to gain Building Control approval, the use of such details must be registered with Robust Details Ltd, prior to construction.
If you are unsure whether the Regulations apply to your development or if your site needs sound insulation testing, please call your local office and we can advise you.