Sound Insulation Testing


Developments will require the testing of separating walls and floors to achieve compliance with Part E of the building regulations


Sound Testing was recently introduced via the 2014 Building Regulations Technical Guidance Document E Sound

To comply with the new the new Building Regulations Technical Documents Part E “Sound. Many of the schemes we work on require some element of sound testing whether they are residential, commercial or public buildings.

Sound Insulation Testing – New Buildings

Developments will require the testing of separating walls and floors to achieve compliance with Part E of the building regulations. Sound Insulation Testing checks for both airborne and impact travel through new or existing buildings. This may affect party walls and floors between new and existing buildings, or between spaces within a new development entirely.

Do you require Sound Insulation Testing? You will if you:

  • Constructing new dwellings and extensions to dwellings which adjoin other buildings
  • Are constructing works, involving a material change of use that result in a building (or part thereof) becoming used as one or more dwellings.

Sound Testing was recently introduced via the 2014 Building Regulations Technical Guidance Document E Sound’, and evaluates and checks the validity of a partitioning structure separating two adjoining residential developments.

How does Sound Insulation Testing work?

  • Part E applies to both new build constructions and refurbished developments.
  • The Sound Testing procedure takes the form of both Airborne and Impact testing. The number of tests required is dependent on the layout of your build and how many separating walls and floors you have.
  • Testing should take place as early as possible so that any issues can be ironed out. Carpets should not be fitted until a pass has been achieved.

How many test do I need?

  • To comply with the requirements of Technical Guidance Document E (2014) of the Building Regulations, the minimum test programme is a function of the number of proposed units.
  • A full set consists of 2 floor tests(2 x airborne and 2 x impact) and 2 wall tests (airborne).

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