Sound insulation tests – also known as acoustic insulation testing – measure how much noise will travel through a building’s fabric. If you’re undertaking a new development, you’ll need to make sure there isn’t too much noise travelling through the walls, floors or ceilings of the building.
This is to make sure the building complies with Part E of The Building Regulations, to maintain a good quality of life for those living within and around the property. You will almost certainly have to carry out sound insulation tests if:
- A new development contains more than one dwelling, like a block of flats.
- If you are converting a house or commercial building into flats.
- You are building a large property for use as a residential home, such as a hotel or nursing home.
- Your building does not have ‘robust details’, which are materials that have been shown to provide effective acoustic insulation.
Acoustic Insulation Tests with UKBC
Sound insulation tests comprise two stages. Both of these processes help to effectively determine the level of sound insulation in a property. These processes include airborne sound insulation tests and impact sound transmission tests.
Airborne Sound Insulation Tests
Our technicians will use a loudspeaker and amplifier to create a number of different frequencies. Next, we will record the number of decibels in the room containing the loudspeaker, as well as in an adjoining room. We then compare these readings to measure how much noise travels through the party walls.
Impact Sound Transmission Tests
A machine with five metal hammers bangs the party floors to mimic the sound of footsteps. Our technicians will then use a sound level meter to measure how much noise this creates in a neighbouring property.