Sound Testing: Acoustic Performance to party walls and floors.
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Sound Testing to New-Builds
Alongside our speciality checks such as our thermal heat loss check and borescope check to cavity wall insulation, we also can check that your property abides by building regulations for sound transmission.
As part E of the building regulations called Resistance to the Passage of Sound (which can be downloaded here), we can offer an airborne sound test if you are experiencing noise issues from neighbours. Please note that building regulations only have regs associated with the passage of sound from one dwelling to another, so this is not applicable if you have issues in your house such as creaking bedroom floorboards that can be heard underneath.
The inspection process would therefore require having access to both sides of the walls (so your house / apartment as well as your neighbours). We follow a precise method of producing white noise frequencies in one room created through specialist amplifiers and recording the signal in the receiving room in several precise locations. We then record the background noise and the software calculates whether the party wall passes the requirement of building regulations or not.
The inspection process takes approx 2 hours on site in total and we allow for 5 working days for the results. This inspection is carried out by our in house surveyor who holds the Certificate of Competence in Building Acoustics Measurements designated by the Institute of Acoustics (for more info see IOA). The reports is produced in accordance with SITMA.
The availability and price of the inspection depends on your location so please reach out to us for a quotation.