Sound insulation tests are undertaken when the development is “pre-completed”. This means that the test rooms should be at a second fit stage where just final finishing, such as painting and carpets are required.
Soundguard Acoustics has provided a site checklist below to assist you with this. By ensuring that you meet the requirements of the checklist then the build can be deemed to be at a stage ready for sound insulation testing. Where items are not in place this will negatively affect the sound insulation performance of the build and may result in futher testing to achieve the required standard.
Windows should be fully installed, glazed & closable
Trickle vents and other ventilation systems should be fitted
Internal & external doors must be hung, glazed & closable
All wall, floors & ceiling constructions must be completed
Skirting boards should all be fitted & cornice where fitted
Electrical sockets, TV Aerial sockets & light switches should be fitted
Rooms must be clear of building materials, tools & unfurnished
No cosmetic floor coverings should be fitted (i.e. laminate, carpet, vinyl, ceramics)
No trades should be working in the dwellings during the tests
Access to rooms either side of the separating structure is essential
No noisy operations (drilling, cutting or groundwork) to occur nearby during testing
Provision of 240v 50Hz mains power is required within the dwellings