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How much does sound testing cost?

March 27, 2023

Sound testing for Building Regulations Approved Document E Sound testing is required for most new houses and flats in England and Wales.  It is applicable for both new build properties and flats formed by the conversion of an existing building.  The purpose of the test is to confirm if the installed soundproofing meets the minimum […]

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Sound Insulation Design Guide – Converting Concrete Floors

January 6, 2023

There is a current trend for converting offices and other commercial buildings into residential flats.  Many of these buildings include concrete separating floors.  The mass of a concrete floor means that they will usually provide a good standard of airborne sound insulation.  However, the impact sound insulation of concrete floors is often poor.  Without appropriate […]

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What is a Noise Impact Assessment?

December 2, 2022

The Local Authority Environmental Health Officer will often request a noise impact assessment (or NIA) to support a planning application.  This guide discusses why a noise impact assessment is required and what your NIA report should contain.

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How to control noise from kitchen extract fans

October 14, 2022

Noise from kitchen extract fans can cause a nuisance to people living near restaurants and other licensed premises.  Planning permission for HVAC equipment will often include a noise condition to be achieved.  Even where there is no planning condition then noisy equipment could be considered a statutory nuisance and need to be controlled.  This guide […]

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Ultimate Sound Insulation Guide – Converting Timber Floors

September 21, 2022

When converting an existing building into residential flats, it is essential that you consider the sound insulation performance of the separating floors at an early stage.  Getting this wrong can result in failed Building Regulations sound insulation tests, significantly increasing costs and putting back final completion.  This design guide discusses the best ways to make […]

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Building Regulations Approved Document E

What is the difference between Rw, DnTw and Dw for sound insulation?

July 1, 2022

Rw, DnTw, and Dw are all different indices which describe sound insulation performance – or how much noise will transmit through a wall or floor.  Having different indices can be confusing and misunderstanding these terms could mean your building fails the final sound tests.  This guide gives an explanation of the terms and what you […]

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What are the noise limits of Approved Document O?

May 27, 2022

What is The Building Regulations 2010 Approved Document O? Approved Document O (“ADO”) was published on 15th December 2021.  It aims to improve the health and wellbeing of occupants in dwellings and other rooms for residential purposes (other than a hotel) by controlling solar gains and improving the removal of excess heat.  This will reduce […]

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What is a BS 4142 noise assessment – and why you might not need one?

April 22, 2022

When applying to your Local Authority for planning consent for a pub, restaurant, factory or any other type of industrial and commercial development, it is common for the Environmental Health Officer (EHO) to request that a BS 4142 noise impact assessment report is submitted with the application.  So, what is a BS 4142 assessment?

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Why you should consider architectural acoustics when designing your new building

March 21, 2022

Building acoustics is a vital element of the design or refurbishment of many buildings. Sometimes, effective architectural acoustics are necessary to promote optimum levels of productivity in commercial premises, aid communication between individuals, or safeguard people’s health and wellbeing. Also, the way sound is transmitted is important in buildings that have a specific function, where […]

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Why you need vibration monitoring on your next construction project

March 4, 2022

Unfortunately, it is an unavoidable fact that there will often be people living or working in the vicinity of your construction sites.  This is particularly true in dense urban areas where space is at a premium, so it’s important that disruption is kept to a minimum.  While dust and noise pollution from construction sites is […]

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Why is sound insulation an essential consideration when developing houses and flats?

February 22, 2022

It is essential that sound insulation is carefully considered when developing houses or flats.  Complaints about excessive noise and nuisance is the most common cause of dispute between residents.

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5 Ways an acoustic consultant can help to get your business booming

February 15, 2022

Noise is an increasingly problematic issue in modern society, particularly in densely populated urban areas where the negative effects can be magnified.  If your business activities are causing a noise nuisance, people’s everyday lives, and even their health, could be affected.

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Construction noise assessments: the whys and hows

December 22, 2021

Construction can cause excessive noise and vibration.  This can be problematic for local residents, businesses, or other noise-sensitive facilities (such as schools and hospitals).  Noise can severely affect people’s quality of life.

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How weather conditions affect noise survey results

December 15, 2021

It’s fair to say that Britain is well-known for its unpredictable and sometimes wild climate! Wind and rain are commonplace throughout the year, while less discernible changes – for example, in atmospheric pressure or humidity – are also frequent.

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7 Acoustic considerations when developing a residential building

December 8, 2021

When residential buildings are being planned and developed, noise is an important factor to consider.  The design of residential buildings is governed by law to ensure occupants can go about their daily business, including relaxing and sleeping, without interruption from adjoining premises.  Planning conditions can also place limits on the permissible level of external noise […]

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Why consider noise when designing new developments?

November 16, 2021

While popular television programmes such as Escape to the Country have inspired a generation of homeowners who desire a rural retreat, some building developments have to be located in noisier areas. The gradual squeeze on suitable land around towns and cities has meant that residential dwellings are increasingly being sited close to sources of noise, […]

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How to improve sound insulation for a timber joist floor

November 2, 2021

Effective sound insulation should be pre-planned into any new development as new homes are subject to Building Regulations Approved Document E, which aims to protect residents from noise in other rooms or adjoining properties.

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What is ProPG: Planning & Noise and why it is important at an early stage of your residential development?

October 13, 2021

Getting things right from the earliest stages of your residential development can increase the likelihood of achieving planning consent for your development and reduce costs.  Not considering noise from the outset may seem innocuous, but getting it wrong can result in project delays, bureaucratic headaches, and lower returns.  Here’s how complying with ProPG Planning & […]

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4 Ways To Minimise Demolition and Construction Environmental Impact

October 7, 2021

Environmental monitoring describes how we regularly review the quality of an environment. During activities such as demolition or construction, where there is the potential for significant adverse impacts on the local environment, monitoring can help to reduce adverse effects to health, stress, and quality of life. Here are four things you can do to keep […]

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How Much Does A Noise Survey Cost?

September 28, 2021

The cost of a noise survey depends on many factors, the most important being what you need to achieve from the survey.  Let’s take a look at each of the factors that contributes to the cost of a high-quality survey.

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What to consider when conducting a noise risk assessment

September 24, 2021

The requirement for businesses to reduce employees’ exposure to noise is enshrined in law. The Control of Noise at Work Regulations (2005) make it mandatory for employers to take positive action, by providing staff with the appropriate equipment and training. Employers have a legal duty to monitor noise levels by carrying out a workplace noise […]

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What Is An Acoustic Consultant?

September 16, 2021

The control of noise is extremely important in new build developments and the renovation or change of use of existing properties, as Local Authority planning departments will often require professional noise assessments before granting permission for work to go ahead.

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ACA Acoustics Are Now A SITMA Registered Testing Company – Book Your Sound Insulation Testing Today

September 2, 2021

  We are delighted to inform readers that ACA Acoustics are now SITMA registered, making us fully accredited for sound insulation testing.

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Why Is Expert Acoustic Design Important In Health Settings?

August 5, 2021

As anyone who has been unlucky enough to endure an overnight hospital stay will agree, hospitals are rarely peaceful places. In fact, at most times of day and night, in-patient wards are perpetually busy, with equipment, staff, and patients combining to increase noise levels. However, noise is also exacerbated by poor acoustic design, such as […]

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Noise Assessments To Comply With The National Planning Policy Framework

July 20, 2021

Noise assessments are key components of planning applications for new developments, yet the path to achieving planning consent is often not simple.

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How An Acoustic Consultant Can Help Your Bar Or Restaurant Resolve A Noise Complaint Or Achieve Planning Consent

June 20, 2021

Restaurants, bars, and pubs are usually hives of activity, and from 21st June 2021 will hopefully become so again! In a busy hospitality venue it’s unsurprising – and inevitable – that noise is produced, particularly at times of the evening, and at weekends, when local residents are more likely to be at home. The problem […]

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How an expert noise assessment will help you comply with BREEAM credits Hea 05 and Pol 05

How An Expert Noise Assessment Will Help You To Comply With BREEAM Credits HEA 05 And POL 05

June 11, 2021

BREEAM – the Building and Research Establishment’s Environmental Assessment Method – is an important strategy for achieving sustainable design, construction, and operation of building projects in the UK. The international scheme awards credits according to the environmental performance of buildings.

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How Acoustic Consultants Can Get Your Planning Permission Approved First Time

How Acoustic Consultants Can Get Your Planning Permission Approved First Time

May 12, 2021

When the development of residential properties, hotels, schools, or hospitals is planned, Local Authorities often request a noise assessment as part of the pre-application stage of planning permission. This is most likely if the site is in proximity to existing noise sources, such as transport hubs or industrial units. A noise survey may also be […]

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How Can An Acoustic Consultant Help You To Meet The Planning Department’s Deadlines?

How Can An Acoustic Consultant Help You To Meet The Planning Department’s Deadlines?

May 5, 2021

Noise surveys are frequently required by Local Authorities as part of the planning application process for new projects of residential, commercial, industrial, or mixed-use developments. They are important when a proposed development:

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Why does my condenser need an acoustic enclosure to comply with planning conditions?

April 27, 2021

One of the most regular questions we get asked by clients, is why their new air conditioning condenser needs an acoustic enclosure when the neighbour’s units (or their own existing units) don’t have any noise control treatments.  If this sounds like you, then here’s a brief guide to try and explain what can be a […]

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When do you need to conduct an S61 construction noise assessment?

April 21, 2021

Section 61 (S61) consents are awarded by Local Authorities for construction or demolition projects that generate noise and fall under Part III of the Control of Pollution Act 1974 (CoPA).  It’s vital that applicants in the construction sector understand why S61 consents are necessary.  A detailed construction noise assessment is an important aspect of achieving […]

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How to comply with a BS 8233 noise assessment for planning applications

April 14, 2021

A noise assessment is a key element for developers of residential projects such as houses, rental apartments, and hotels.  BS 8233 provides key criteria which must be considered if planning consent is to be awarded by the local authority.

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