Sound Insulation Testing

Sound Insulation Testing is the process of using both Airborne and Impact sound sources to carry out acoustic tests on separating floors and walls to determine if the Sound Insulation requirements meet the performance standards defined by Approved Document E 2003 of the Building Regulations.

Working closely with our partners Sound Testing Ltd, we can provide UKAS accredited Sound Insulation Testing for developments throughout the UK.

Sound Testing Ltd use the latest, fully UKAS calibrated test equipment and ensure all tests are carried out in full accordance with the methodology described in ISO 140:1998.

Do I need a sound insulation test?

Sound insulation testing is required on any site that needs to satisfy Build Regulations Part E, which, have not incorporated robust details for sound insulation into the design and construction of the dwelling.

Before the test we require:

  • A set of drawings to determine how many tests are required

On Site we will require:

  • Quiet conditions are required on site as follows:
    1. For the duration of test in each room (typically for around 30 minutes). 
    2. No loud background noises, during the test procedure as they can affect the results. These includes large power tools, generators, petrol masonry cutters and HGVs etc.
  • 240V power available in each of the rooms being tested. 
  • Please advise if only 110V is available.We will require access to both sides of each wall and/or floor being tested. When testing required between adjacent properties, full access to all properties is essential. Should it be necessary to arrange access to multiple dwellings it is your responsibility to arrange access as required.
  • All internal and external doors must be fitted and able to be closed
  • All windows must be fitted and able to be closed
  • There must be no pets in the rooms being tested
  • Ideally all rooms should be free from any furniture, building materials or general clutter. However, if this is not possible the rooms must be clear enough for it to be possible to carry out testing.
  • Please note; floors which require impact testing should ideally have no floor finishes fitted, i.e. carpet, laminate, vinyl or hard wood. Testing can be carried out over a final floor finish; however this will be clearly stated on the test report.