UK Soundproofing - The Regulation E Specialists

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Building Regulations Part E

The overall aim of the regulation is to improve the sound insulation both between and within dwellings, as well as between rooms in hostels, hotels and residential homes.

In practical terms what does this mean to you the developer , architect or specifier?
Firstly if you are changing use of a property for example creating two flats out of one house or changing a retail space into living space then you will need to comply with regulation E.

What does this mean?

You will be required to carry out the work to a regulation E standard, and then have a test on the work you have done to see that it conforms to the regulation E standard. This test is typically £650 to £750 + VAT and will involve the testing company generating a specific set of noises including generating impact sounds. These test results are then submitted and a pass or fail is generated.

Regulation E testing

We work with RJ acoustics (UCAS Accredited) a friendly flexible and reliable firm who can offer sound testing. They can be contacted on 01923 518 923

Regulation E testing

The test covers airborne and impact sound.

All our solutions are regulation E compliant. This compliance is normally broken down into two components

1) Ceiling/floor separation. The test comprises two elements- See our solutions

a) Impact sound ( Lntw) whereby you must achieve an Lntw of LOWER than 64dB.

b) Airborne sound ( Dntw +Ctr) whereby you must achieve a figure of GREATER than 43dB

1) Wall separation. The test comprises one element- See our solutions

b) Airborne sound ( Dntw +Ctr) whereby you must achieve a figure of GREATER than 43dB

The Regulations

Tables 1a to the right illustrate the airborne sound insulation and impact sound insulation values required in the various types of dwellings. Please note that in the case of airborne sound insulation, DnTw is the measurement used, however as low-frequency sound is the most difficult frequency range to stop a Ctr (correction factor) is used to take this into account. LnTw is measurement used to measure the impact sound insulation of floors (on site).

With Airborne Sound, the higher the DnTw + Ctr figure the better, and with Impact sound the lower the LnTw figure the better.

Solutions

Our ceiling floor/solutions are aimed at predominantly timber floor constructions typically at conversions. Our wall constructions offer guidance on creating new separating party walls and upgrading existing walls to satisfy Part E.

Performance Standards

Table 1a: Dwelling-houses and flats - performance standards for separating walls, separating floors and stairs that have a separating function.

  Airborne sound insulation (minimum values) Impact sound insulation (maximum values)
Purpose built (NEW BUILD) dwelling-houses & flats
Walls 45 -
Floors and Stairs 45 62
Dwelling-houses & flats formed by material change of use
Walls 43 -
Floors and Stairs 43 64

In Summary you need to achieve an airborne sound above 43 dB and an impact of below 64dB for conversions.

To combat the problems of noise pollution the government has introduced new legislation. The new standards have been published in a new Approved Document-Part E (England and Wales) of the Building Regulations "Resistance to the Passage of Sound", which came into effect on July 1st 2003 for refurbishment and July 1st 2004 for new build.

Regulation E - Key aspects of the changes

The principle changes contained within the revised Approved Document are:

The aims of the part E legislation are:

The testing requirement for new houses and flats came into force on 1st July 2004.

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