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Part E Building Regulations – Sound Testing

Whether you are planning a renovation project or a DIY job, Part E Building Regulations will apply to your work. While Part E4 is not relevant to most of us, Parts E1 and E2 may be. Whether you are unsure of which regulation to use, you should read Approved Document E on the Government's Planning Portal to get an idea of the rules you must follow. You can download a copy of this document for free online.
Sound Insulation
Part E Building Regulations – Sound Testing

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Sound Testing Essentials

Sound insulation is essential for separating floors. Sound insulation must be installed in the ceiling, between the joists and the floor, if applicable. Sound insulation will pass airborne and impact noise limits.

Sound insulation will also minimise flanking noise, which typically occurs around lightweight walls. Solid structural walls, on the other hand, will not be affected by flanking noise. For these reasons, sound insulation is essential for noise reduction. The Part E Building Regulations should be studied to ensure that your property will meet its requirements.

Part E Building Regulations

Part E of the Building Regulations is a new Approved Document that came into force in England on 1 July 2003. It details the new acoustic performance requirements in England, establishes the need for Pre-Completion Testing (PCT), and proposes construction methods for appropriate elements. Part E is applicable to new build dwellings and to parts of a building undergoing a material change of use.

Sound Insulation Testing

Part E Building Regulations apply to new buildings, alterations to existing premises and converting buildings into flats. It also applies to common parts of a residential building, such as hallways. Part E also requires pre-completion testing and site registration with Ratio Seven. This document is intended to protect the health of residents in these buildings and reduce noise pollution. And, as the regulations are mandatory, this legislation makes it easier to comply with regulations.

A stud wall solution is another effective soundproofing solution. This acoustic floor panel is 18mm thick and delivers a Part E pass. This is also a cost-effective soundproofing option. Acoustic stud wall solutions, like the ImpactoMat 5mm, are used to reduce impact noise in a room. However, a stud wall solution requires acoustic insulation, soundbreaker bars, and two layers of plasterboard on the ceiling.

Soundproofing is essential for comfort

Among the Part E regulations that are most important is the noise reduction requirements. In an expanding city, soundproofing buildings is essential for comfort. After all, nobody wants to hear their neighbours’ footsteps or the steps of the people above them.

Unfortunately, many homes do not soundproof properly. Gaming systems, drum kits and food processors are all sources of noise in homes and businesses. Part E of the Building Regulations requires the construction of such buildings to comply with noise-reduction measures.