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Pre-completion sound testing under Part E of Building Regulations has been a mandatory requirement since July 2003.
All new build properties and conversions which were built after this date require 10% of each party wall/floor construction type to be tested. Sound Testing is to be carried out between pairs of rooms separated by party walls or floors.
Utilising our many years of acoustic design experience means that your project will be in safe hands from the initial design stage to the final pre-completion testing of the project
Do seek our free advice before arranging your test. Building control will not sign of the property if it fails.
WHAT ARE THE REGULATIONS REGARDING SOUND TESTING?
Sound testing is part of the Approved Document E Guidance document with in current Building Regulations.
There are two methods of achieving compliance with Approved Document E
Pre-completion Sound Testing
New Builds and Property Conversions
Under this method, you are required to carry out sound insulation work in respect of the building in the areas defined within the Document. Once the works have been completed then you are required to have a Sound Test and pass the Sound Test.
If you fail the test then you will have to remedy the problem and carry out further tests to prove the remedial actions have been successful.
HAVE YOU FAILED YOUR TEST?
If you have been unfortunate enough to fail your test already, we also provide a failure analysis service, which will not only identify what went wrong, but provide detailed advice on how to pass in the future.
ROBUST DETAILS (NEW BUILDS ONLY)
Under this method, you are required to carry out sound insulation work to a predefined methodology using specific types of products as set out in the Robust Detail manual.
Once works have been completed as required, you should not require any testing. For more information, visit Robust Details at www.robustdetails.com
DO I NEED SOUND INSULATION TESTS?
Under Approved Guidance Document E, you will probably need to carry out Sound Insulation Tests if you have or intend to:
Build a New Build development of 2 or more dwellings / Flats
Converting a former single dwelling into Flats
Building a Nursing Home or Rooms for Residential Use ie Hotel or Hostel
Not building under Robust Details
The numbers of tests that will be required will depend on the number and configuration of the dwellings involved. Under Approved Guidance Document E, if you have Registered and built New Build Dwellings under Robust Details, then you should not need to carry out testing as long as you have followed their procedures. Please contact us for further clarification.