If you are building a new development or converting a building in Essex, then it is likely you will need sound insulation testing in order to comply with Essex local authority, Building Regulations. So, if your development requires testing, how can you prepare to ensure that the test goes as smoothly as possible?
Do you need sound insulation testing in Essex?
To prepare for a sound test in Essex, it is important to first make sure that your development requires it. This will be under the Building Regulations Approved Document E. Sound testing is necessary for people building;
- A block of flats
- A hotel
- A house of multiple occupancy (HMO)
- A terraced or semi-detached house
- A hostel.
A sound test in Essex is also required for conversions for when you make more conversions than previously existed in the space.
However, there are some construction projects that do not require sound insulation testing in Essex. These include refurbishment projects and detached buildings.
Steps to prepare for sound insulation testing in Essex
- Book sound insulation testing early
By booking the test early in the project, you can make sure that any issues that arise from the test can be sorted as quickly as possible. The further along in the development, the harder it is to make changes. By being prepared and completing the test early, the easier it is to conduct any necessary modifications.
- Ensure it is fully fitted
To conduct sound insulation testing in Essex, the development needs to have specific fittings in place. While the kitchen and bathroom do not necessarily have to be in place, it is important for all doors and windows to be fitted with seals. All doors and windows should be able to close. Furthermore, all electrical fittings need to be in place and working, with main power in all rooms.
- Plastered walls
To prepare for a sound test for building regulations, all gaps should be sealed. Walls and ceilings need to be plastered too. On inspection, there should be no holes in any of the floors or ceiling. Similarly, ventilation, such as trickle vents, should be installed and closed.
- Rooms should be empty
While rooms should be fitted with electrical systems, light switches and skirting boards, for effective sound insulation testing in Essex, the rooms should be as empty and as tidy as possible.
- Contact neighbours
If there are party walls in place, then access is required on either side of the party wall. It is important to let the neighbours know and book a test that is at a convenient time for access.
- Stop work
A sound insulation test cannot take place when there are high noise levels nearby (e.g. construction taking place directly outside). So make sure to tell your workforce to cease any drilling, cutting or groundwork while the test is taking place. Similarly, there shouldn’t be any work taking place in the surrounding areas while the test is being conducted.
If you need assistance to prepare for sound insulation testing in Essex, then get in touch with HA Acoustics who offer sound insulation testing for building regulations across Essex. Simply get in touch to book your appointment and to learn more about testing.