The first stage of the any project is to undertake robust acoustic design for successful sound testing. To start this process you need to send through the design drawings for review, including elevations & sections etc. APT can then review the design detailing to check that the construction details proposed are capable of passing the sound tests. This usually takes place straight after planning has been approved as increased cost savings can be realised at the earliest stage.
APT Sound Testing will evaluate the construction methods and materials specified to ensure that they are capable of meeting the acoustic requirements of Approved document E and subsequently pass the sound testing. The typical areas we check are:
- The wall and floor design are acoustically robust, to comply with Building Regulations Part E.
- Check there are no potential flanking points, where isolated partitions are wrongly mechanically fixed together to caused noise bridging.
- The acoustic treatments for Soil Pipes, Stair Cases Steel Beams etc. to ensure they are acoustically fit for purpose, as these are some of the many areas that get missed that can lead to sound test failure.
- The Lighting specification to, ensure they are acoustically complaint to the overall design i.e. down lighter design etc.
- Acoustic floor treatments are compatible with the proposed floor finishes i.e. Carpets, Laminates, Floor Tiles and under floor heating systems.
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