How to improve your Sound Test Results
If you have started a new or conversion development, it is important that from the offset you realise that you will need to comply with stringent sound insulation requirements of Approved Document E. Both new and converted residential dwellings use must meet the standards stipulated in Approved Document E. Part E states that the separating floor partition (floor between two separate dwellings) must achieve sound insulation figures of 45dB for airborne sound and 62dB for impact sound on all new builds and 43dB for airborne sound and 64dB for impact sound on converted dwellings; if you don’t achieve the aforementioned results then you will pass the sound testing.
Building Control will expect you to demonstrate compliance with Approved Document E 2003 by undertaking an independent sound insulation test to prove that you have met the standards for sound insulation between dwellings.
The sound testing must only be carried out by either UKAS or ANC approved companies. If the sound tests are not carried out by approved compaines then Building Control may not accept the sound test report and subsequently it may need to be undertaken again by an approved company costing more time and money.
We are UKAS accredited to undertake sound insulation testing as well as air tightness testing. We offer design advice to help our client achieve Part E sign off. In some cases clients instruct us to proceed with the sound testing, without having carried our any acoustic upgrades or remedial works often resulting in their partitions failing the sound test.
If you are worried about passing your sound testing in London at the first attempt please don’t hesitate to contact us now at: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at: www.aptsoundtesting.co.uk or call Darren Direct on 07775623464.