Pre completion sound testing, otherwise known as sound insulation testing, is a requirement under building regulations Part E for all new flats and houses, as well as conversions to dwellings where a material change of use has occurred. Here is what you need to know about pre completion sound testing:
BS4142 Noise Survey & Assessment: A Practical Guide to BS4142 Noise Assessments and Planning Permission
What is BS4142? The British Standard BS 4142: 2014 - Methods for rating and assessing industrial and commercial sound is used for the assessment of noise of a commercial and industrial nature. It provides methods for rating and assessing sound of an industrial and/or commercial nature, including:
BS8233 Noise Survey & Assessment: A Practical Guide to BS8233 Noise Assessments and Planning Permission
What is BS8233? The British Standard BS 8233: 2014, Guidance on Sound insulation and noise reduction for buildings provides guidance on internal noise levels from steady state “anonymous” noise sources, such as road or rail noise.
Does Part E of the building regs apply? Whether Part E of the Building Regulations applies depends on whether the HMO is defined as rooms for residential purposes. The building regulations Part E states;
When considering a new workplace or modifying an existing one, noise emissions and noise exposure can be limited by careful choice of design, layout and the construction materials used for the building.
Ideally, you would start the health surveillance before people are exposed to noise (ie for new starters or those changing jobs), to give a baseline.
The most recent publication in 2014 has seen the most comprehensive revision of the standard.
Many factors contribute to the expansion of cities, including access to work as well as social and cultural amenities.
When considering the installation of sound insulation in new buildings, one factor that must be taken into account is structure-borne sound.
If you are involved in the construction industry then you will know the importance of meeting all building regulations.