Sound Insulation Testing of residential developments has been a requirement of Building Regulations Approved Document Part E (ADE) since 2003. It was introduced due to acoustic privacy issues that had emerged with the advent of the use of fewer wet trades and the introduction of lighter-weight construction materials and techniques on site. Testing is required to residential projects of both new build construction (except where the Robust Details registration scheme is being used) and “material change of use” projects. Building Analysis & Testing Ltd are UKAS Accredited (Laboratory No. 2612) to conduct testing in accordance with BS EN ISO 140 standards.
BB93 Acoustics for Schools/Educational premises is a requirement under Regulation E4 and may be required in order to gain BREEAM credits on a project. Other types of development, e.g. office blocks, may also require testing to satisfy HEA 05 or POL 05 of BREEAM. BAT staff are experienced in undertaking Sound Insulation Testing and Internal Noise Measurements and advising/reporting on same to help clients achieve the required sound separation or appropriate credits.
BAT also undertake Noise Surveys and assessments, to satisfy planning conditions and have successfully advised a number of varied clients on cost-effective mitigation measures to meet the specified conditions. Assessments could include BS4142 Industrial Noise Assessments or Background Noise Assessments. In addition, BAT provide a range of acoustic consultancy advice with an Associate Member of the Institute of Acoustics available to review the details and design for control of reverberation in rooms and acoustic separation between rooms, offering cost-effective solutions on a range of acoustic issues.