Acoustic testing (also known as sound insulation testing) is designed to measure the reduction of sound between adjacent buildings. Approved Document E of Building Regulations requires that buildings and developments in the UK have a specified minimum level of sound insulation between dwellings. Acoustic testing became a mandatory test in 2003 when Approved Document E of building regulations was updated.
Under Part E Building Regulations, a sample of units in new dwelling developments and refurbishments will require testing to demonstrate levels of sound insulation unless registration of the development with Robust Details has been undertaken. This has been extended to new schools (BB93) and to developers of buildings where sound might be an issue, for example, hospitals and hotels.
There are two ways in which you can test to achieve compliance. These are:
Build Check undertakes acoustic testing on all domestic, commercial and educational building types. We are accredited by UKAS for Sound Insulation testing to Part E.
Our highly trained engineers have a thorough understanding of current building regulations, so we can intelligently interpret your results and help you reach your compliance goal. We will advise the correct number of tests required and, where necessary, the required increase in performance. In order to do this, we will require the following information:
We offer nationwide coverage and can support you with a quick response, expert advice and a professional service including:
Testing of Schools and Colleges: - BB93
All new build and refurbished or extended education properties require acoustic testing.
Testing will require a minimum of 25% of the total number of usable rooms to be acoustically tested. There are several tests required, these are:
Testing of sound insulation is to be conducted in line with procedures in Part E.
BREEAM acoustic testing:
Credits available for HEA05- acoustic performance and POL05- noise attenuation.