Reducing Noise in Residential Buildings

Reducing Noise in Residential Buildings

We often get asked how noise can be reduced in residential buildings such as apartments or terrace houses. One of the most common problems is noise transmission through the floor and ceiling assemblies in flats and through the wall partitions in houses. The usual noise problems range from airborne noise transmission from voices TVs and music to footfall impact noise caused by high heels on wooden/tiled floors.

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In most cases for newer residential units many of the problems could have been prevented in the first place, if more attention had been paid to noise control during the design and construction process.   If the acoustic design has not been taken into account from the off-set of the project, then it becomes far more problematic and costly if noise problems are discovered and the partitions fail the sound insulation testing during the per-completion testing.

If you are contemplating the purchase of a unit, do not be afraid to question the contractor and the real estate agents about the sound insulation results for the unit. Ask if any of the units failed during the precompletion testing. In some cases just because a sample of the units had been tested during prior to handover doesn’t mean unit has been sound tested.

If you are not happy with the sound insulation properties of your unit then you may have a case to demand corrective action at the expense of others. If you have a noise problem that is not resolved and you go to sell your unit, you may be compelled to reveal the deficiency to a prospective buyer which may have an impact on the selling price.

If you need acoustic advice on your project, please don’t hesitate to contact us no at: info@aptsoundtesting.co.uk or call me direct on 07775623464.

SOUND TESTING FOR LONDON

SOUND TESTING FOR LONDON

London is a massive city containing in excess of 5 million dwellings, many sharing wall and floor partitions. In this noisy environment it is essential that good acoustic design and construction is incorporated into all new and refurbishment projects along with sound testing for London.

To try and help enforce good acoustic design principles, pre-completion sound testing was introduced in July 2003 to comply with new Approved Document E. The new building regulations required 10% of each party wall/floor construction type to be sound tested on all new build and conversion properties.

We have undertaken thousands of sound tests on converted properties in London and in our experience if the partitions haven’t received any acoustic upgrades the wall and floor partitions – as per the plate below) normally achieve approx. 30-35dB for airborne sound and 68-74dB for Impact Sound. Obviously these figures fall well short of the required 43dB & 64dB as stipulated in Approved Document E. Also, it’s worth taking into account that sound doubles every 10dB, so 30-35dB for airborne sound and 68-74dB for impact sound would be massive failures and careful acoustic design and construction upgrades would be required.

Detail 1: Existing Floor Partitions (rated at approx. 30-35dB)

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Using our many years’ experience in building acoustics, we are able to offer a total design and testing solutions for new and conversion projects. We help many architects and top 10 construction companies with their acoustic design requirements from the largest developments containing hundreds of units through a pair of semi-detached dwellings. We always endeavour to find the best solution, always taking build-ability and cost into consideration.

If it’s a conversion project and you are unsure of the floor/wall construction, we often recommend our ‘sample sound testing service. Firstly, we visit site and undertake sample sound testing to at least one floor and wall partition, is consists of at least one airborne and impact test to the proposed dividing floor and an airborne test to the dividing wall. Once the sound test results are established we can then offer a targeted acoustic design solution to achieve a successful sound test in London in compliance with Approve Document E.

Whatever the problem we can usually find an acoustic solution that will help you achieve Building Regulation compliance  If you have a project that’s needs acoustic design advice or needs sound insulation testing then please contact us at: info@aptsoundtesting.co.uk

BS8233 Noise Surveys in London

BS8233 Noise Surveys in London

APT Sound Testing have undertaken undertake many BS8233 Noise Surveys in London to comply with local planning conditions.  We are a professional noise and acoustic consultancy firm operating throughout Greater London and the Home Counties.

Our fully qualified and highly experienced engineers provide expert advice and conduct survey analysis into all aspects of sound, such as complying with local planning conditions NEC’s and investigating complaints into excessive noise such as excess plant noise etc.

We have undertaken many BS8233 noise surveys in London  on numerous potential housing and other noise-sensitive sites throughout the Capital and the UK. Our acoustic surveys cater for sites that may be exposed to noise from road, rail or or from noisy industrial activities.

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We undertake wide range of services from planning noise assessments through to noise mitigation proposals. Where it is proposed to install new plant or equipment, we undertake noise surveys to determine noise emission limits, in line with Local Authority requirements, and provide advice on mitigation. As a London based company we have an in depth knowledge on complying with London planning permissions and local legislation. Our engineers are expertly suited to carry out noise assessments, with a wealth of experience in assessing the sound impact of residential, industrial and commercial businesses in the community.

Noise assessments and reports should be submitted during the pre-application process and discussions on planning applications. In many circumstances a planning condition will stipulate that a noise survey will need to be undertaken.

Planning noise surveys are normally carried out at the design stage of the project prior to the commencement of construction, this is to allow the acoustic design of the building to take into account the local noise levels. If the local noise levels are excessive then a more robust acoustic twill need to be adopted to mitigate any potential noise problems. Thereafter the local authority may also require post a BS 8182 London noise survey to prove that the noise standards have been achieved within the living rooms and bedrooms.

if you would like more information in regards to our BS8233 Planning Noise Surveys, please don’t hesitate to contact us now at: info@aptsoundtesting.co.uk, or call me direct on 07775623464.