At NOVA Acoustics Ltd, we carry out nationwide UKAS Accredited Sound Insulation Testing and provide reports for submission to your building control officer. Part E of the Building Regulations for England and Wales, requires sound testing to be carried out in all new-build dwellings and conversions that create two adjoining dwellings with either separating walls or floors. We are here to help your project run smoothly, so call us now for a free no obligation quotation.
- Pre-completion testing
- Build to robust details
We advise you contact us early in your project to give you the highest chance of passing.
- 2 Airborne Wall Tests
- 2 Airborne Floor Tests
- 2 Impact Floor Tests
The amount of testing is reduced or increased depending on the type and quantity of dwellings. For example, a development of 4 identical terraced houses will require 1 set of sound tests comprising of 2 Airborne Wall tests.
- Windows & external doors must be installed, glazed and closed
- Ventilation systems should be installed and closed
- Internal doors should be hung
- Walls, floors and ceilings must be completed
- Skirting boards, electrical sockets and light switches should be fitted
- To test Impact sound transmission, there must be no cosmetic floorings fitted
- Rooms in which testing is to be carried out should be empty and tidy
- No trades should be working in the dwelling during the test
- Access to the properties on both sides of the separating partition is required
- There must be no noisy operations around the test properties during testing
- 240v (50Hz) mains power is required within the dwellings
Our sound testing fees offer value for money and quality of service; we take pride our acoustic testing services and the customer always comes first. We charge a ‘site fee’ which covers the engineer, equipment and reporting, then each test is charged separately to minimise your expenses. We can also provide impressive savings for bulk-testing and returning customers. If the property fails, we only charge a ‘site fee’ for the re-test. For an instant, no obligation quotation, get in touch now!
In the relatively rare event of your test failing, one of our experienced acoustic consultants will review the construction and provide advice on cost-effective solutions to achieve the appropriate standard. Remedial works can be expensive, so it is best to get the job right first time.
The impact sound transmission of a separating floor is tested using a tapping machine which simulates footfall. The tapping machine is placed in the upper of the test rooms and the resultant noise received in the room below is measured (this is called the impact sound transmission level). The level measured is then corrected depending on the reverberation time of the rooms and background noise, to provide the impact sound insulation result.