If you’re looking for acoustic testing services for your new build property, we can help. With specialist engineers providing advice on-site, we can provide acoustic testing for new builds across the UK. Our support helps ensure that you are compliant with acoustic testing building regulations.
Read on to see how we can help you pass regulations with ease with our acoustic testing services.
WHAT IS ACOUSTIC TESTING?
Acoustic testing involves the testing of walls and floors to comply with Part E Building regulations, “Resistance to the passage of sound”. It is important to comply with this regulation, as not doing so could be costly in the long run. Unlike Air Tightness Testing (which applies to all new build houses), acoustic testing applies only to new build properties who share walls and floors (semi-detached houses or flats, for example).
Acoustic testing checks for the travel of sound through new and existing buildings. This may affect party walls and floors between new and existing buildings or spaces within a new development. Acoustic testing can be a worry for developers of new builds, but with our expert’s help you’ll have everything you need to pass regulations. Click here to download the acoustic checklist.
Acoustic Testing process for new builds
To comply with Part E Regulations, you must undertake acoustic testing. This involves testing partition walls and floors. Each of these separating elements has its own testing requirements. Walls need one airborne test floors need both airborne and impact testing.
The Airborne test is carried out using a loudspeaker for a steady source of sound on one side of the wall or floor. This is then measured by our expert engineers and readings are taken from the other side of the wall to measure the passage of sound. This reading also shows the resistance from the noise a partition has provided.
A tapping machine is placed on the floor, and the engineer then records the readings from the room below. This test takes into account the impact of vibration and measures how much resistance the floor provided from this.