Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Acoustics & floor insulation design

Sound insulation of floors between flats are a common concern for developers. With a multitude of products on offer within the market place understanding the effects of each material upon the impact insulation and airborne insulation can catch out the unwary developer. This can lead to expensive retro-fit products following a set of sound testing failures or simply the purchase of materials that may absolutely no difference! The concept of floor design does need to include the effects of other flanking pathways, especially where light-weight walls, service penetrations, downlighters, surface finishes and reduced ceiling heights has to be considered. Soundguard Acoustics can work with developers from preliminary ideas to final finish ensuring that your property will achieve the sound insulation requirements of Approved Document E whilst not making any expensive mistakes.

Approved Doc E Sound Testing

Approved Document E – ‘Resistance to the passage of sound’ came into force on July 1st 2003 and provides minimum sound insulation Building Regulation requirement for newly built and converted residential dwellings as well as the Code for Sustainable Homes. Properties include houses, flats, student residences, care homes, hotels and schools.
Approved Document E of the Building Regulations is a government-issued document providing guidance for architects, developers, building control bodies, building services engineers, and others involved in the design and conversion of buildings for residential purpose. The document explains the sound testing requirement and provides advice and details about building procedures and materials that affect test results.
Devon based, Soundguard Acoustics Ltd is approved under the Association of Noise Consultants (ANC) registration scheme for carrying out sound insulation testing (Registration number: 194-01) and will carry out sound tests across the South West and the UK.
The ANC scheme is supported by Approved Document E and ensures that sound insulation tests are carried out by suitably qualified and experienced staff, in accordance with the appropriate standards.
The scheme ensures that sound tests are properly traceable, audited and that you receive a fully documented report and certificate which will be easily recognised for approval by your local Building Control department.
If you require further advice with your project or end of build sound testing then please contact us.

Ssshhh – Soundguard New Website Launch

Soundguard Acoustics Ltd was launched in 2008. Since this time our range of services has increased and our new website, launched in October 2013, reflects these changes. Our experience within new areas such as wind turbine assessment and festival management now deserve their own pages and the useful addition of free downloads and a wide portfolio provides you with a greater insight into our acoustic services. Like many modern and forward thinking businesses, Soundguard Acoustics Ltd has embraced the social media generation, and you can now keep up to date with us on Twitter, Google+, Facebook and LinkedIn.