Is your new build home noisy?
Building acoustics for new builds is covered in the Building Regulations Part E.
Builders either have the opportunity to build properties to exact specifications according to the Robust Details which will make them automatically comply or they can build to their own specification and get an Acoustic check carried out.
Most developers carry out the latter process because it is cheaper which means at some stage, a field test will have likely been carried out either on your property or a neighbouring property on your site. The person doing the test has to perform the check on every property type at different levels.
These checks comprise of 2 types: Airborne and Impact. The tests are only applicable with houses that adjoin such as a semi detached house or town house and apartments.
The higher number the better with airborne, but needs to be a minimum of 45dB. This is not a particularly high-standard when compared to regulations in Europe. Scotland has different regulations and requires >56db just for a point of reference
After similarly recording and discounting background noise, the impact test should be no more than 62dB.
The important aspect to consider when it comes to impact noise testing which makes it difficult to carry out once you have moved in, is that it has to be done on bare flooring, i.e. flooring that has not been covered in tiling or wooden laminate etc. It is possible to do it once you have moved in if the flooring is carpet as long as it can be removed to expose the floorboards underneath.
If you are suffering noise in your new build house whether an apartment or house with adjoining neighbours, we will be happy to help explain the process in more detail.
We carry out acoustic tests to new build homes but only in line with Part E of the building regulations, so we will be only able to tell you whether it is a pass or fail.
Noise can travel in ways not obvious at first appearance: it can flank through air conditioning units or find its way through unsealed gaps in walls. If you have specific concerns with your new build property and would like a diagnostic approach then you are better off finding an acoustician.
We hope you found this helpful if you have a noisy new build property. Please see the below link if you are interested in us carrying out a test on your property to know if it abides by part E of the Building Regs.
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