Sound insulation testing is required to make sure that residential and
adjoining commercial developments can demonstrate acceptable levels of
noise attenuation performance.
Building Regulations Part E requires you undertake two different types of
sound testing including airborne noise (i.e. sound/noise transmitted through
the air, such as televisions and conversations between people) and impact
noise (i.e. noise resulting from an impact on the floor surface, such as
footsteps on the floor). By undertaking the two types of sound testing
ensures the dwelling provides a reasonable resistance to the passage of
Why You Should Choose Us
We’re a highly experienced team of engineers providing cost-effective
sound insulation testing across the UK.
We offer fast-response sound insulation tests, and a quick turnaround of
reports for the Sound testing carried out.
We can provide a design service from consultants with many years of
acoustic design experience.
We also offer interim construction sample tests, this enables you to see the
performance of your intended design before you have gone too far with the
build, In some cases this service has been invaluable when clients have
used their own design and it doesn’t pass, they are able to redesign/amend
with our advice to ensure they meet the standards upon completion.
When a test fails the separating structure either the floor /ceiling or the wall
will need to be improved and retested.
This can be time-consuming and costly, and in the worst case can involve
removing ceiling and wall linings and re-building constructions.
Not only will a test failure mean no Building Control Completion Certificates
it can also bring a development to a halt whilst remedial action is being
We work with developers, contractors, architects and planners throughout
the UK to ensure there projects are compliant with Building Regulations
Document E 2003.
Preparing for sound testing
We provide a sound testing site conditions checklist with our quotations
which clarifies the site conditions required for the day of the Sound test, this
enables you to achieve the very best and more importantly valid test result.
- All separating floors and walls and all flanking walls and floors should be
- All wall finishes should be complete (Plaster/Skim -Painting not required)
- No carpets should be fitted, Building control can refuse the report of tested
- Any foam/acoustic underlay must be fully boned to the constructed floor
- Windows should be installed with all glass fitted.
- Trickle vents should be in place and closed.
- All doors Internal and externally doors with seals should be fully fitted and
- Service boxing sections should be complete and finished.
- Electrical sockets should be fitted.
- Down lighters to fitted
- 240V electricity supply in all units to be tested.
- There should be no noise during the test other than from the testing
- No personnel can be in the Units to be tested or adjacent areas within the
building, no plant or power tools to be operating throughout the duration of
- Site workers should not enter the building or be in the parts of the building
undergoing a test.