The most common question we are asked is “How do I soundproof my walls to ensure I pass my Part E sound test?”. You are in the right place as we can guide you through this process with ease, we have numerous designs we can provide and can also discuss bespoke solutions for soundproofing walls. Firstly, as a developer you need to consider what acoustic performance you need from the party wall. We can design soundproofing for your wall to just pass a Part E sound test or we can design soundproofing for your walls to achieve an excellent level of sound insulation compared to Part E’s minimum requirements.
Managing noise pollution has become an important consideration for businesses with industrial, commercial or construction sites. The escalating use of noise-emitting equipment in every-day settings – from cooling and heating systems to power generators and fork-lift trucks – means that sound levels can rapidly escalate. Which is why there’s a growing demand for reliable plant noise surveys.
With air conditioning units being used more widely than ever, especially in public, commercial and office spaces, it’s crucial to understand how they impact on environmental noise levels and affect noise sensitive receptors in their vicinity – hence the growing demand for reliable air conditioning noise surveys. In an industrial or manufacturing setting, the noise emitted by an air conditioning unit may be inconsequential.
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:
Extraction systems are among the most common noise nuisance complaints, especially in built-up areas where pubs and restaurants are located in close proximity to houses. The problems are exacerbated if commercial kitchen exhausts vent into small shared spaces or are located beneath residential units – flats and apartments situated above takeaways with late opening hours, for instance.
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:
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.