If you are responsible for the development of a building where there are adjoining rooms, such as in a hotel or flats, you will need sound insulation testing conducted on the premises. This is to test that the sound levels are reasonable to others in adjoining rooms.
The tests ensure your development complies with Part E of the Building Regulations. The test has to be undertaken whether it is a new build or you are converting an existing property into multiple properties.
HA Acoustics is a UKAS accredited company
Here at HA Acoustics we understand all aspects of sound insulation testing in Buckinghamshire and provide fast and comprehensive testing.
We are a UKAS accredited company with more than ten years of experience, having carried out many hundreds of tests in the Buckinghamshire region and the rest of the UK. Our engineers also belong to the Members of the Federation of Small Businesses.
We understand the rules and regulations surrounding sound testing inside out. Our engineers have worked on commercial sites, with private developers, within the business sector, healthcare sector, industrial and many more.
We carry out impact testing along with airborne testing on numerous properties to ensure they meet the requirements set out in the Building Regulations Approved Document E and BS EN ISO 140.
Following testing, we provide an in-depth report, which you can pass on to the relevant people to prove that the development meets the noise level requirements.
Why choose us?
Here are just a few of the reasons why you should contact us if you require sound insulation testing.
- We are experts in sound insulation consultation;
- We send out expert noise engineers;
- More than 10 years of experience in the sector;
- We have the correct equipment needed for any job, big or small;
- We provide services for domestic and commercial developments;
- Our service ensures your property will meet the requirements set out under Building Regulations Approved Document E and BS EN ISO 140;
- Our report meets the requirements of local authority planning;
- We offer a competitive and bespoke quotation based on your needs;
- We provide expert advice on all aspects of sound insulation testing;
- Our acoustic consultants offer no-obligation advice;
- We have a 100% satisfaction rate.
At what stage should testing be undertaken?
The earlier you contact us about your needs the more we can help. We can discuss your needs based on the type of development and how big or small the development and tailor the tests to meet your needs.
However, sound insulation testing can only be undertaken at a certain time to get accurate results.
The most accurate results are when the development is almost completed but not finished entirely.
By this, we mean all floors; doors and windows are in place. Internal doors, ventilation systems, electrical sockets and light switches have been fitted and working. The mains power has been turned on and building work has ceased within the building.
For the best results, we should undertake testing of the development before any cosmetic flooring, such as carpeting or wooden flooring has been laid. The rooms in which testing is to take place should be free from clutter and empty if possible.
We provide sound insulation testing for a wide variety of developments including, but not limited to:
- Commercial sector;
- Private developers;
- New builds;
Sound insulation tests in Buckinghamshire
We undertake two different types of sound insulation tests in Buckinghamshire and the rest of the United Kingdom. These are:
- Airborne tests
- Impact tests.
Depending on the property you may need to have both types of testing undertaken and a report generated, or just one type.
Both tests are carried out to determine the level of sound heard from one room or floor in an adjoining room. Our sound engineers test the internal acoustic performance of the separating walls and floors of new developments and conversions of single properties into multiple ones.
The sound insulation testing provided by us will assess whether airborne sound, sounds that travel through the air, are at acceptable levels. Tests also show whether the same applies to impact noise. Impact noise is a noise that comes about due to an impact on the surface of the floor, such as a person walking on the floor.
The impact test is generally undertaken using a “tapping machine” that our engineers place on the floor of the room where the sound is to be measured. Our sound engineers then measure the noise level on the floor below to find out if it is acceptable.
The airborne test is conducted using a loudspeaker with a steady source of white noise on one side of the wall and we measure it standing at the other side of the wall.
If the building is all on one level, we only need to undertake the airborne test. If it is on multiple levels both the airborne test and impact test will be required.
Following testing, providing the development has passed the sound test, we issue you with a certificate and report for your local authority or Building Control Officer.
Contact our experts for advice or to book
We have friendly and knowledgeable experts on hand to talk you through the process of sound insulation testing every step of the way.
You can chat with a live consultant on our website, give us a phone call or leave details on our “Contact Us” form on the website and we will get back to you.
Get in touch now whether you need advice on testing or you need to book a test for sound insulation testing in Buckinghamshire or the rest of the UK.