HOW MANY SOUND TESTS DO I NEED ON MY PROJECT
Our clients often ask ‘how many sound tests do I need on my project’? Part E stipulates that one set of sound tests needs to be undertaken for every ten flats or houses, provided the construction system is the same, if it’s not then you may be required to undertake a set of tests on each type of construction.
A set means 6 sound tests, this should include two locations where the party element (wall or floor) is tested. This is equivalent to two individual tests when assessing the performance of a wall this means 2 airborne wall, 2 airborne floor and 2 impact sound tests as a minimum wherever possible. Wherever possible tests must be undertaken between habitable spaces (e.g. bedrooms and living rooms. Here is a quick summary of the amount of tests required per type of project.
On a pair of semi-detached houses, two airborne sound insulation tests on a pair of separating walls would be required.
Flats (Up to 10 flats)
On flats a 6 Pack would normally be required, this would usually comprise of two airborne sound insulation tests on separating walls; two airborne sound insulation tests of separating floors and two impact sound transmission tests of separating floors.
Rooms for Residential Purposes (up to 10 Rooms)
On student accommodation, hotel rooms & care homes a set of tests would usually comprise of one airborne sound insulation test of a separating wall; one airborne sound insulation test on a separating floor and one impact sound transmission test of a separating floor
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