Wednesday, 23 October 2013
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 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.
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