In buildings sound can be defined as ‘airborne sound’ (i.e. sound generated and transferred directly in the air by talking or home entertainment systems) or ‘impact sound’ (i.e. sound generated by the impact of an object striking the floor and transmitted through it, such as footfall noise). The objective of Approved Document E is to raise sound resistance standards for both airborne and impact noise between dwellings to provide reasonable living conditions for future occupiers and improve the standards of acoustic insulation in attached properties. This is particularly important for flats and for residential buildings adjcent to commercial premises which are more commonly subject to noise nuisance complaints.
Sound insulation testing may also be required in non-residential buildings such as schools, hospitals and workplaces to ensure that noise sensitive areas such as classrooms, wards and meeting rooms are suitably insulated from noisier areas. Soundguard Acoustics is acredited with the Association of Noise Consultants for undertaking Approved Doc E sound insulation testing. Contact us today for assistance with your project.