Sound testing is required for new dwellings in the United Kingdom, or any residential conversion that creates two adjoining dwellings. Our efficient sound insulation testing protocols fully comply with Part E of the Building Regulations for England and Wales. Our years of experience mean that your project will be expertly dealt with from start to finish by our expert team of acoustic consultants. You can rest assured that you are in safe hands as we are UKAS Accredited Testing Laboratory No. 8568 for Sound Testing.
What is sound insulation testing?
Sound testing is required to make sure that a residential development can demonstrate acceptable levels of noise attenuation performance. This includes both airborne (i.e. noise transmitted through the air, such as a conversation between people) and impact noise (i.e. noise resulting from an impact on the surface, such as footsteps on the floor). This means that sound insulation testing essentially assesses if the dwelling provides a reasonable resistance to the passage of sound.
What is involved in Part E sound testing?
Part E of the Building Regulations requires that walls and floors be sound tested between adjoining dwellings to ensure that they meet Part E regulations for acceptable amounts of noise. The exact number of walls requiring testing for Part E will vary depending on the overall size of the development. However, a typical small to medium development (of under 10 dwellings with similar construction) should require sound testing that includes the following:
- 2 airborne wall tests
- 2 airborne floor tests
- 2 impact floor tests