Here are the top 10 reasons why some local authorities may need to carry out a BS4142 noise survey for Air Source Heat Pumps
Carrying out a BS4142 noise survey for Air Source Heat Pumps (ASHPs) is crucial for several reasons:
- ASHP Noise Emissions: ASHPs produce noise, usually between 60-65dB when measured at 1 meter from the pump; however, some faulty pumps can be above 70dB !
- ASHP Installation Quality: Poor quality installations, including location and proximity factors, can lead to increased noise emissions.
- Local Planning Authority Requirements: Local planning authorities often require a BS4142 noise survey to ensure that the installation doesn’t cause nuisance to neighbours.
- Compliance with 4142 Standards: BS4142 provides a method for identifying if the noise generated by your ASHP is likely to give rise to complaints from neighbours.
- Baseline Comparison: BS4142 uses the current ambient background noise of your location as its baseline for comparison.
- Acoustic Treatment to ASHP: In some situations, you may need to look at acoustic treatment of the installation to get it through the planning process, i.e., a new acoustic enclosure etc.
- Proximity to Neighbours: The noise impact can depend on how close the neighbours are to your ASHP.
- Planning Permission: A noise survey can be a requirement for planning permission.
- Consumer Concerns: Noise emissions from ASHPs were a concern for a minority of consumers in a study.
- Future Planning Policy: Information from these surveys can help inform future government policy on heat pump planning guidance and heat pump standards.
Please note that this is a general list, and the specific reasons can vary depending on the local regulations and the specific circumstances of the installation. It’s always a good idea to check with your local planning authority if they require a noise survey prior to the installation of air source heat pumps.
BS4142 currently uses the current ambient background noise of your location as its baseline for comparison there are some situations where you may have to look at acoustic treatment of the installation in order to get it through the planning process. It all depends on where your location, how much noise there is around your area, and how close the neighbours are to your air source heat pump.
We can help with your Air Source Heat Pump Noise Assessment
If you’re thinking of installing an air source heat pump it’s definitely worth checking with your planning authority as to whether they require a noise survey. If you require a BS4142 Noise Survey on your ground source heat pump APT Sound Testing can usually carry it out within 5 working days.
You can start that process here if you like. Just go to the contact page, fill out our contact form and/or call Darren on 07775 623464 and we’ll be back to you with a price as well as some helpful advice.