Sound Insulation Testing

Pre-completion Testing

ACCON UK are registered with the ANC to carry out sound insulation testing of new build or newly converted properties to determine compliance with Approved Document E of the Building Regulations.

In July 2003 the new Approved Document E of the Building Regulations came into force which required all new build dwellings and building conversions to be built with a minimum standard of sound insulation. The regulations state that separating party walls and floors must meet both Airborne (speech, television sound, etc.) and Impact (footstep noise, etc) Sound Insulation standards. The regulations apply to all houses, flats, student residences, care homes and hotels.

The Building Control Department of the Local Authority may ask builders or property developers to carry out Sound Insulation Testing in order to confirm compliance with these latest standards.

With our main office based just outside Reading, ACCON UK have considerable experience in assisting developers and builders to carry out pre-completion airborne and impact sound insulation tests in accordance with the Approved Document E and we have state-of-the-art equipment able to test the acoustic properties of floors, ceilings and walls.

We have considerable experience in conducting airborne and impact sound insulation tests in accordance with the Approved Document E. Our sound insulation tests are carried out in full accordance with BS EN ISO 140 and BS EN ISO 717.

Our sound insulation testing is regularly audited by the ANC so that our clients can be sure of the quality of our work. We are also able to provide advice in respect of cost effective remedial design solutions to ensure that the requirements of Approved Document E are achieved.

Noise Nuisance and Legal Disputes

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