Thursday, 24 January 2013

Is my build ready for a Sound Test?

Sound insulation tests are undertaken when the development is “pre-completed”. This means that the test rooms should be at a stage where just final finishing, such as painting and carpets are required. 

Soundguard Acoustics has provided a site checklist below to assist you with this. By ensuring that you meet the requirements of the checklist then the build can be deemed to be at a stage ready for soundinsulation testing. Where items are not in place this will negatively affect the sound insulation performance of the build.

  • Windows should be fully installed, glazed & closable
  • Trickle vents and other ventilation systems should be fitted
  • Internal & external doors must be hung, glazed & closable 
  • All wall, floors & ceiling constructions must be completed
  • Skirting boards should all be fitted & cornice where fitted
  • Electrical sockets, TV Aerial sockets & light switches should be fitted
  • Rooms must be clear of building materials, tools & unfurnished
  • No cosmetic floor coverings should be fitted (i.e. laminate, carpet, vinyl, ceramics)
  • No trades should be working in the dwellings during the tests
  • Access to rooms either side of the separating structure is essential
  • Non-tester access to the rooms is prohibited during testing
  • No noisy operations (drilling, cutting or groundwork) to occur nearby during testing
  • Provision of 240v 50Hz mains power is required within the dwellings