What is the Best Noise Level Meter for ensuring building compliance?


When it comes to ensuring success in the construction industry, one thing that is of undeniable importance is the quality of the tradesmen’s tools. This is also true for an acoustic consultant when considering their main tool of the trade: the sound level meter. The requirements for quality noise meters become even more important where acoustics consultant and tradesmen’s paths cross for the task of ensuring adequate building compliance…

The are several different parts of building regulations that need to be considered when an acoustic consultant undertakes sound insulation testing to ensure suitable building compliance. As such, it is important that the sound level meter being used is up to the task.

Whilst there are many different noise meters available to get the job done, arguably one of the best available is the CESVA SC420. This superb acoustic instrument is one of the most affordable and best value-for-money Type 1 sound level meters available in the UK today, with prices starting from £2,495.

Although the price tag is on the small side when it comes to what is typically expected for a Type 1 sound level meter, the SC420 does not skimp on features and comes ready to perform to the same high standards that have made CESVA one of the foremost suppliers of quality acoustic instruments in the world.

The SC420 comes with 1/3-octave band spectral analyser and can be expanded further through optional modules. The sound level meters memory storage capacity can be increased through the use of a MicroSD memory card and audio recording, pre-recording and voice recording options are all available. Innovative features such as CESVA’s unique ‘On&Play’ means that simplicity is worked into the comprehensive measurement system; whilst mistakes can be easily corrected thanks to the unique ‘Undo’ function.

Free or diffuse sound-field correction options ensure that the SC420 is the perfect tool to carry out sound insulation testing in whichever environment is required, ensuring that building regulations are being kept at the forefront of the acoustic consultant’s attention.