New residential developments require planning consent and dependant on the location of the development, the approval of planning permission may require an acoustic assessment to evidence that suitable internal and external noise levels can be achieved.
Residential Developments can be affected by transport noise, entertainment noise and commercial or industrial noise sources. NOVA Acoustics Ltd have consulted on hundreds of successful residential developments supporting planning consultants, architects, contractors and private individuals to ensure the most practical and cost effective acoustic solutions are implemented at the design stage. We work on projects of all sizes, from single dwellings to large multi-use schemes, providing expertise and years of experience.
We are always here to help and can provide acoustic consultancy and testing services to support your project at all stages. Including environmental noise assessments to support your planning application. When applying for planning permission, you may require an acoustic assessment of your development site to ensure it is suitable for residential development. This is a requirement under the National Planning Policy Framework in England and Wales. The purpose for this assessment is to protect the amenity of the future residents from noise and provide good acoustic conditions both internally (through an appropriately designed building envelope) and externally (through guidance on acoustic fencing or orientation). For more information on these services visit our ‘Residential Noise Surveys’ page.
Good acoustic design is not just required for external noise affecting a development, it is also needed to protect against unwanted noise transference between dwellings. Under Part E of the Building Regulations, developers are required to ensure the separating walls and floors between adjoining dwellings achieves minimum acoustic design standards. We can provide specialist design advice and testing to ensure you easily achieve and exceed the requirements. NOVA Acoustics Ltd are a UKAS accredited testing laboratory No. 8568 for sound testing, so we can provide pre-completion sound testing to sign off your development with Building Control. For more information on these services visit our ‘Sound Testing’ page.