Remedial action following a sound insulation test failure
If a partition fails a sound insulation test, it can be difficult to provide definitive guidance on resolving specific problems that have occurred in individual buildings as the building is usually complete at the time of testing. However, using our knowledge of acoustic construction and detailing APT Sound Testing are usually able to identify and resolve any problems with the acoustic partitions.
If the sound testing failure is attributed to the construction of the separating and/or associated flanking elements, other rooms that have not been tested as part of the testing schedule may also fail to meet the test performance levels. Additional tests may be needed, over and above the number recommended under Building Regulations Part E.
Extra sound testing will assist in identifying, at an early stage, where the failures have been caused by intermittent poor workmanship and/or design. Sound Testing may then be required for all plots to identify the ones that require remedial treatment. Where failure is due to a design fault, additional testing may not be required, as all plots with the same design are likely to require remedial treatment and so a generic acoustic upgrade can be undertaken to the failed partitions and then retested thereafter.
To try and negate potential problems with the sound insulation testing we offer the following 4 step acoustic design advice package:
- Site Survey Visits – to let us view the existing site construction. This allows us to check for potential problematic construction detailing and also lets us check that the installation teams are installing the acoustic materials as per manufacturer’s guidelines.
- Sample Sound Testing – of the existing construction. This offers an accurate overview of the acoustic performance of the existing partitions.
- Design Review – a full design review of the proposed developments party walls and floors.
- Pre-completion Sound Testing to satisfy Approved Document E.
APT Sound Testing can supply a ‘one stop’ solution for all your acoustic requirements. If you would like more information in regards to sound insulation testing or acoustic design please contact us at: email@example.com or call Darren direct on 07775623464.