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Environmental Surveys

Environmental Noise Surveys

Environmental noise surveys and assessments may be required during the approval of a wide variety projects. These can include industrial plants, inner-city residential developments or large, out of town developments. We have years of experience with projects of all sizes. Our environmental noise surveys and assessments are all performed in accordance with the latest guidance, standards and regulations including  BS4142:2014 and BS8233:2014.

What is an Environmental Noise Survey?

An environmental noise survey is performed in accordance with the latest regulations to ensure that you meet the environmental criteria set by your local authority. Although the expect standard required for an environmental noise survey varies, this typically includes BS4142 or BS7445. Both British Standards are methods for rating and assessing industrial or commercial noise.

Environmental noise surveys are required for new dwelling and home developments to ensure noise levels do not exceed specific noise levels for the local community. Examples of the source of noise pollution that may need to be assessed include:

Continuous noise:

  • Road traffic
  • Industrial noises and processes
  • Extractor fans

Tonal noise:

  • Machinery
  • Wind turbines

Intermittent noise:

  • Construction
  • Transport

What standards are required for my environmental noise survey?

Your planning permission or environmental health officer will typically inform you of the specific standards that your need to fulfil. Some of the most commonly required standards for undertaking an environmental noise survey include:

  • BS 4142: This British Standard is frequently requested and used widely throughout the United Kingdom for environmental noise assessments. The main purpose is to assess the likelihood of complaints arising from industrial noise impinging on existing or proposed residential developments. Local authorities will often request an environmental noise survey be performed in compliance with the parameters outlined in this British Standard.
  • BS 7445: An appropriate environmental noise survey must ensure that satisfactory methodologies have been implemented. This British Standard helps to ensure that accurate and repeatable methods have been applied and followed during an environmental noise assessment.
  • BS 8233: This British Standard may be used in the context of an environmental noise survey to ensure that specified internal noise levels are achieved in existing, new or proposed residential developments.

While the exact nature and requirements of your environmental noise survey may vary, we have vast experience helping our clients understand and execute the specific goals for their project. In the instance that an environmental noise survey highlights any issues, we will use our experience to provide you with a realistic, cost-effective solution, tailored to suit your needs. Simply the use the contact form, or call us, to discuss your specific environmental noise assessment requirements with our friendly and knowledgeable team of expert acoustic consultants.

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Clients we’ve worked with

  • barnfield
  • bedford
  • barnfield
  • continental
  • essex
  • hobson
  • interserve
  • kfc
  • leicester
  • persimmon
  • puregym
  • snap
  • starbucks
  • tacobell
  • tower hamlets
  • ITV
  • Unilever
  • Sig
  • Leeds University
  • Morrisons
  • Taylor Wimpey
  • City of Stoke On Trent
  • Hambleton District
  • Calvert Trust
  • Aldi
  • Arnold Laver
  • Broadley
  • Engie
  • Gardiner Theo
  • Iggesund
  • Oxford University
  • PepsiCo
  • Richmonshire
  • Savills

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Case Studies/Projects

Residential Noise Surveys

Traffic Noise Survey: Taylor Wimpey

Taylor Wimpey requested a Noise Impact Assessment to analyse the impact from a busy road on a parcel of land to be developed into 100+ dwelling houses. We conducted a in-depth environmental noise survey to address the noise incident across the site, from this basis we created a noise model to accurately specify appropriate acoustic fencing for the site. From the noise model we provided a scheme of sound insulation for the dwellings, including the provision of glazing and ventilation specifications, to ensure the amenity of the future occupants was adequately protected from noise ingress.  

BS4142 Noise Survey

BS4142:2014 Noise Impact Assessment: HMRC

NOVA Acoustics Ltd provided a noise impact assessment in accordance with BS4142:2014 for the installation of 11 No. Air Conditioning units at the HMRC Headquarters at Lower Thames Street, London. The process involved a 72 hour environmental noise assessment to ascertain the prevailing background sound level without the units in operation. We then assessed the likely level of impact from the units by creating a noise model of the proposals to accurately calculate the specific noise level at the closest sensitive receptor. To ensure the impact was minimised we provided acoustic design advice and mitigation measures to minimise the noise generated. 

Acoustic Testing

Acoustic Testing & Diagnostics: Leeds University

Following a recent refurbishment we provided acoustic design and consultancy to improve the privacy between offices at Leeds University. We conducted a schedule of onsite sound insulation testing to ascertain the existing sound reduction provided by the separating walls between offices. Whilst testing we conducted an appraisal of how the sound was transferring between the two spaces to allow an efficient approach to providing acoustic design guidance to improve the level of Sound Insulation. We provided acoustic solutions to ensure that the offices could be utilised for private discussion, So that if the neighbouring office was occupied the conversation was not intelligible. 

Noise Impact Assessment

Noise Impact Assessment of CHP Plant: Calvert Trust

We were asked to provide a noise impact assessment of the proposed installation of a Combined Heat & Power Plant at a site with very low background sound levels. We conducted a 96 hour background sound survey to ascertain the background sound levels over a weekend and weekday period. This provided the basis for the noise impact assessment  which was conducted in accordance with BS4142:2014. To ensure the plant was below the background sound level, we provided acoustic design advice which included acoustic enclosures and exhaust silencers, as well as relocating and shielding the sound levels. 

Industrial Noise Assessment

Industrial Noise Assessment BS4142:2014: Peaking Power Plant

NOVA Acoustics Ltd have provided a noise impact assessment for the installation of 10 No 2MWe Gas Generators that supply the national grid at times of peak demand. If unmitigated the gas generators have high noise emissions from both the engine and exhaust adn typically require bespoke enclosures and acoustic silencers for the exhaust system. We conducted a background sound survey to ascertain the background sound level at different periods throughout the daytime and night time.  Following this we produced a noise model that assessed the noise emissions of the generators at the closest sensitive receptors. To ensure 'Low Impact' good acoustic design was implemented to mitigate the noise emissions. 

Sound Insulation Testing

Sound Insulation Testing: SIG Roofspace Plc

SIG Roofspace asked NOVA Acoustics Ltd to undertake a series of sound insulation testing on a construction detail to allow use within the Robust Details scheme. We visited a number of sites to undertake sound insulation testing to ascertain the acoustic performance of the detail. All technical reporting and guidance was provided to ensure the construction detail could be put forward for approval within the Robust Details Certification Scheme. 

Accreditations & Memberships

  • Builders Profile
  •  Institute Of Acoustics
  • SSIP
  • Construction Line
  • LABC
  • IEMA
  • HAS

testimonials

- Paul Hastings

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I engaged Nova at the outset of my project (which I recommend you do) to assist with providing a detailed material specification and installation guidance. There was always someone available to help with practical enquiries and advice...

- C.G. Henry

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I had Adam come round to a property which i thought was beyond repair. He gave sound advice with exact details of what needed to be carried out in the most cost effective manner. Once the works were carried out he returned, tested it...

- Andrew Youngson

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I have worked with the team at nova on a number of projects and have always been very helpful and competitively priced. Highly recommend this company for any sound test and report.

- Carol Chaplin

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Excellent service, engineer was very informative and helpful.  Good customer service being able to speak to knowledgeable people on the telephone when making inquires about the procedure involved for the sound testing of our property...

- Bun Bar

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Good efficient service. Recommend it to all.

Bright Construction UK Ltd

- Gavin Boby

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Very attentive and friendly service, keen to serve the client, and absolutely not about dragging the case out for fees - will work to save the client fees, and understand the practicalities of the case and the opposition that applications...

- Ejaz Shah

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Adam was very attentive and very professional answered all my questions and returned all calls the engineer arrived at the time agreed and again explained everything before carrying out the test , and we received our report within couple...

- Charles OKell

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Its a tricky area and you need the right support, Paul Robinson  brought Adam's team to the table and we'll be working together again in future for sure.

- Ainsley Black

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Although we had followed the building reg, in terms of sound insulation the property conversion still failed the sound Test. Adam was very helpful and professional and guided us to the point that when it was retested again we passed. Would...

- Robert Buchanan

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Friendly efficient and cost effective service, without complication

- Hepple Property Care Ltd

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Very quick service, would recommend to others

- Ian Fairbairn

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Excellent service and communication with all the members of staff we had dealings with.  A very professional approach and attitude by all.  An experience that is refreshing within the building sector and a company I could recommend...

- Daniel Cogdon

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Fast turn around and great service, recommended

- Allan Proctor

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Excellent service by Adam and the team at Nova. The service they delivered was efficient, competitive and I would highly recommend them!

- Carol Richards

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Having selected Nova Accoustics to perform a sound test on my latest project, I found the whole process completely professional, prompt & efficient .

The phone contact to set up the appointment was extremely  helpful...

- Michael Dickinson

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Having used Nova Acoustics on several projects, I would not hesitate in recommending this company.

- Steph Openshaw

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Fantastic service very quick and punctual highly recommended.

- Chris Bullerwell

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Used Nova Acoustics to sound test a property we'd converted in the Newcastle area.

Excellent service from start to finish. Professional, helpful & reliable throughout...highly recommended.

- Andrew Holmes

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Really helpful team of people and very quick service, which was greatly appreciated.

- Siying Lid

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We are a small design firm and NOVA Acoustics provided very sufficient services to our clients with reasonable price. And they are quick to respond too.  Highly recommended.

- Floors By Design Leicester

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Very good company, communicated all the way through.  Competitive pricing, I will be using them again in the near future.

- Stewart Greenhalgh

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

First Class, prompt professional service. I will recommend to other clients.

- Frank Kenny

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Excellent  service so far and will be contacting them again for their services.

- Kelly Freakley

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Fantastic service from this company at a very reasonable price, would definitely recomend....

- Robert Myers

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I used Nova acoustics to sound test my basement flat conversion for the building control certificate

And found them to be professional and friendly. The test was done mid afternoon and I had received by six o'clock the same...

- Stephen Shaw

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Excellent service. Would recommend to anyone needing assistance with matters arising from acoustics and noise.

- Rick Parsons

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iKoustic have worked with Nova Acoustics for some time now and they are constantly thorough, professional and super helpful in everything they do ... They are certainly our partner of choice ... Rick

- Carl Smoult

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Prompt, friendly, efficient, professional... would recommend and use again.

- Gary Oliver

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As most of you reading this message are now probably aware  the difficulty of finding guidance and compliance of the part E building regulations is an arduous task. Well search no more! Adam at Nova Acoustics not only talked me through...

- Kate Whitehead

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Speedy quote, arranging the testing & report! Seb was really friendly & efficient onsite. Highly recommend!

- David Hope

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Came promptly at the requested time. Did the work professionally and in good time and provided the required reports so no issues or problems to report.

- Mark Girdham

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NOVA provided a fast and efficient service. They came to carry out the sound tests on my 8 Bed HMO, which was a change of use from 4 flats. Very friendly and professional service. Mark (Hull)

- Simon Phillips

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Excellent company, providing a professional service at a competitive price and a quick, hassle free  experience. I would recommend them to anyone.

Simon Phillips  Salisbury Poultry Ltd

- Peter Phillips

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Excellent service from start to finish.

Highly professional team who where very accommodating to the team on site and worked exceptional well with everyone.

Having worked with other companies within the same...

- Claire Gannon

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Excellent speedy service, Luigi was very proficient and professional at carrying out his job, a real asset to the company. Thank you Luigi. Kind Regards, Ant Mason