Is My Site Fully Prepared for the Sound Test?

To help you prepare for the sound testing, we have listed out some more common questions we get asked:

Will the sound testing disrupt work on site?

During the sound insulation test, high levels of noise are generated but in order to make accurate test measurements, relatively quiet conditions are needed. Anyone working in the testing area will have to leave temporarily and any noisy works in the vicinity of the test rooms will need to be halted. The time taken for sound testing varies with site conditions, but generally a set of tests on houses and flats takes about one to two hours.

How do I know if I’m ready for a sound insulation test?

Plots should be at least at second fix stage – for further details please refer to our checklist.

Do I need all internal and external doors and windows installed?

Yes, all internal and external doors must be fitted and operable prior to the sound testing.

What if I only have 110 volt on site?

We cannot undertake the testing; we will need 240V to undertake the sound testing.

Do I have to inform my neighbors of the sound testing?

If the building is attached in any way to occupied properties then you will need to inform the neighbors To comply with Part E we need to gain access to the neighboring properties to undertake the sound test. you will need to ensure that access is provided to the neighboring properties throughout the sound testing.

Can you help me to pass the sound testing?

We can offer an acoustic design advice service. If you send through the relevant drawings such as sections, plans etc during the earlier stages of construction, we can look at your design to check if there are any junctions or details where ‘noise flanking’ may occur. You can then change your design to lower the chance of a sound test failure.

Do you have a check-list we can download to help us prepare for the sound insulation test?

Please take a look at our checklist section, this should help you prepare for the testing.

If you would like more information in regards to sound testing please contact us at or call us on 01525 303905.