On all new construction projects its extremely important that checks are undertaken on the acoustic design from the initial design stage through to completion.
We at APT Sound Testing offer a no nonsense professional proactive approach to all aspects of the acoustic design with initial onsite surveys to check the acoustic detailing is being installed correctly along with the final sound testing. This ensures your company receives professional advice every step of the way, with an on-going continual consideration of cost.
Acoustic Design & Detailing
We have considerable experience in all matters related to architectural acoustic design and detailing. We can help develop the initial acoustic design of the project from the initial design scheme stage, in particular acoustic isolation, and interior acoustics. We also use the latest Norsonic equipment analysers and sound sources for conventional and binaural acoustic measurements.
Site Survey Visits
We offer site survey visits which allow you (the client) and your contractor to feel confident about the outcome of testing at the end of the build. The site visits let us check that the installation teams are installing the acoustic materials as per manufacturers avoiding crucial onsite mistakes. You can often have a compliant design which still fails due to poor workmanship; the site survey visits negate the risk of sound test failure.
Simple Design Considerations
- The use of suspended ceilings will help improve the performance of the floor partition.
- Including a resilient acoustic layer or adopting an “acoustic” flooring system will improve the impact and airborne performance of a floor
- Avoid using lightweight blocks in the inner envelope construction as sound will travel along these both vertically and horizontally from dwelling to dwelling.
Defect Diagnosis & Remedial Advice
Occasionally we get involved in construction projects that have failed the sound testing, even though we weren’t involved from the beginning. Often it is due to the inclusion of inadequate materials or the exclusion of the necessary materials.
With over 30 years’ experience in building acoustics, we are able to diagnose the reasons for the sound test failure and recommend a cost-effective solution. Often, the reasons for the partition failure are obvious to the test engineer in which case the advice will be minimal and subsequently costs will be minimal. Sometimes, there are more technical issues which require detailed diagnosis and invasive investigation, such as a serious design fault, e.g. the use of lightweight blocks throughout the inner envelope wall on a block of flats.
Whatever the problem we can usually find an acoustic solution that will provide a sufficient acoustic design to satisfy Part E of Building Regulations. If you have a sound test failure then get in touch with us as soon as possible as we should be able to offer you an expedient solution helping you to achieve practical completion in the quickest time possible.
This why we at APT Sound Testing place such emphasis on the process of ‘expert intervention’.
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