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BS 8233: 2014

Guidance on sound insulation and noise reduction for buildings

BS 8233 (2014) – “Guidance on sound insulation and noise reduction for buildings” deals with the control of noise from outside the building, noise from plant and services within it and room acoustics and suggests appropriate criteria and limits for different situations.

At HA Acoustics we undertake BS 8233 surveys on a weekly basis aiding both small and large developers get their planning consents without delay.

BS 8233 is the British Standard regularly referred to by Local Authority planning departments to ensure that residents of proposed new build or refurbished developments have adequate noise insulation and are suitably protected from noise outside of their building in order to achieve, for example, reasonable sleeping/resting conditions.

HA Acoustics liaise with the Local Authority to ensure that the acoustic assessment that we produce is tailored to meet your needs. Our detailed noise monitoring service uses state of the art, Class 1 sound level meters to accurately capture the local noise climate. Following survey, the comprehensive acoustic assessment that we produce is specifically tailored to meet your needs. It includes details on the site, legislation and british standards, follows national guidance and sets out the noise calculations that have been undertaken. If necessary, glazing and facade calculations are made, with reference to appropriate ventilation, so as to ensure internal noise criteria is met. Our acoustic reports will support your planning application.

HA Acoustics work nationwide, across the UK. Our office is on the Essex / Hertfordshire border enabling our noise consultants to cover East Anglia, London and the South-east with ease. However, we do operate nationwide and have completed projects further afield such as in Devon and Cornwall.

To talk through your site and project, then give us a call for free of charge professional advice, and a no-obligation, competitive fee proposal. We’re available on 01245 206 250 (Chelmsford), 0203 371 9801 (London) or 01752 426 118 (Plymouth). Alternatively, email:

BS 8233: 2014 is a British Standard used by Local Authorities (Councils) as an indicator to find out if noise from nearby sources will impact upon the proposed residential development.

HA Acoustics is able to undertake noise monitoring at your site, and provide a comprehensive acoustic report, undertaken in accordance with BS 8233:2014 standards.

HA Acoustics predominantly serves East Anglia, London and the South-East, but does operate throughout the whole of the UK. Having undertaken acoustic projects from Norfolk to Cornwall.