Since the updated Part E building regulations in 2003, new build homes and conversions have had to comply with stricter sound insulation requirements.
Nearly 5 years on, Sound Service (Oxford) reflects on whether tougher regulations have improved the lives of new homeowners.
Document E, Resistance to the Passage of Sound 2003 edition, plus amendments in 2004, stipulates single figure sound insulation ratings for both airborne radiated noise, at separating party floors and walls, and for impact noise at party floor level.
Anyone applying for planning permission after the change in 2003 should have built the property to the new standard thus improving the level of sound insulation for the occupant.
Many environmental health offices claim they have not noticed a dramatic reduction in noise complaints in properties built since 2003. This shows there is still room for improvement within the recommended level of sound insulation.
Sound Service (Oxford) is approaching their 40 year anniversary and has been a key provider of soundproofing & sound absorbers to the whole of the UK. They provide a wide range of solutions to comply with and exceed Part E. Unlike many companies their systems are tested in a real environment and are not just lab tested.
“Based on our Customers requirements we have recently expanded our range of products to include Acoustic Wall Vents, Acoustic Door Sealing kits and Acoustic Fire Hoods for use with down-lighters. All these products work towards maintaining Part E on the relevant structure.” Describes the company’s development manager, Tom Sykes.
If you are planning a new build or conversion and would like to discuss how to exceed Part E then Sound Service should be your first port of call.
Sound Service offer free impartial technical advice without pressure selling and regularly works along Architects and Specifiers.
To view the full range of items please visit www.soundservice.co.uk or call the sales team on 0845 363 7131.