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