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Site Test Requirements

Before a sound insulation test can be carried out, there are a number of requirements (our checklist):

  1. Pre-agreement of access to both properties (if the dwellings are occupied). This is not a requirement in new builds as part of the pre-completion tests where the dwellings are not yet occupied.
  2. Mains power should be available in both dwellings (220V, 50Hz AC, supplied via a 13amp UK socket).
  3. All doors, windows and wall vents should be fitted. Please note that these are pre-completion tests, where the building should be close to completion.
  4. Access to source and receiver rooms is essential throughout the tests.
  5. Non-permanent floor coverings should not be fitted, however permanent floor coverings (which are bonded with non-removal warning labels) should be in place to allow floor tapping tests to be carried out.
  6. There should be no construction noise at the time of measurement i.e. noise from tradesmen or external machines. Measurements outside construction hours can be provided on request.
  7. Where early fire detection sounders are used, batteries should be installed so that the units do not ‘chirp’ during sound insulation tests.
  8. Adequate site lighting should be in place if testing is to be carried out in the evening and night, outside normal construction hours.

A second free webinar on sound insulation testing regarding the Irish Building Regulations TGD-E (2014) which become effective from the 1st of July 2015.

A Free Training Webinar on Sound Insulation Testing and requirements set out in the 2014 Building Regulation Technical Guidance Document E, due to come into effect on the 1st of July 2015. It should be noted that sound insulation testing is mandatory since the 1st of July 2015 on all residential dwellings that share connected walls and floors. The Webinar is designed as an introduction to sound insulation testing requirements within Document E 2014. This Webinar has been produced in an effort to promote sound insulation test services offered by ICAN Acoustics, however, there will be no attempt whatsoever to sell our services at the Webinar. It will be informative and designed to provide you with a good understanding of the test process and the new requirements. It would suit consulting engineers, architects, building professionals, quantity surveyors and construction managers. To download a copy of the 2014 version of TGD-E click here. Scope: The webinar will briefly explain airborne and impact sound insulation tests, new guideline values to be achieved for the construction details provided, new guideline values for construction details that deviate from those in the guidance, the design of reverberation control in common areas. Presenter: Diarmuid Keaney M.Sc. in Applied Acoustics, Diploma in Acoustics and Noise Control and B.E. Date:  Tuesday 21st April 2015 Time: 11:00hrs to 11:45hrs (GMT) To register for this free event 45-minute event, please email the following details to office@acoustics.ie We advise that you check now to ensure that your company firewall will allow you access to our webinar service at https://secure.join.me/icanacoustics  Your name: Company Name: Contact Email address: Telephone Number:  Name of the Free Webinar you wish to attend: On registration, details will be sent to you setting out details on how to connect to the hosting service join.me Note: To listen to the presentation you will need PC speakers or headphones (if in a shared office) and your PC will show our presentation on a screen. If audio presents itself as an issue on the day due to firewall restrictions on your end, then we advise that delegates telephone the numbers provided. Questions can be asked by way of a text-based service, so a microphone is not needed your end. There is also an option to dial in via telephone (to a Dublin number), however with modern broadband (VOIP), this is not normally required. To overcome any firewall issues, we recommend that you check in advance to ensure you can view our company logo at  https://secure.join.me/icanacoustics For more company information, see our complete set of services atwww.acoustics.ie For more information on sound insulation testing, check out www.soundinsulationtesting.ie

Webinar on Sound Insulation Testing and requirements set out in the 2014 Building Regulation Technical Guidance Document E

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A Free Training Webinar on Sound Insulation Testing and requirements set out in the 2014 Building Regulation Technical Guidance Document E, due to come into effect on the 1st of July 2015. It should be noted that sound insulation testing will be mandatory from the 1st of July 2015 on all residential dwellings that share connected walls and floors.

The Webinar is designed as an introduction to sound insulation testing an the requirements within Document E 2014. This Webinar has been produced in an effort to promote sound insulation test services offered by ICAN Acoustics, however there will be no attempt whatsoever to sell our services at the Webinar. It will be informative and designed to provide you with a good understanding of the test process and the new requirements. It would suit consulting engineers, architects, building professionals, quantity surveyors and construction managers.

To download a copy of the 2014 version of TGD-E click here.

Scope: The webinar will briefly explain airborne and impact sound insulation tests, new guideline values to be achieved for the construction details provided, new guideline values for construction details that deviate from those in the guidance, the design of reverberation control in common areas.

Presenter: Diarmuid Keaney M.Sc. in Applied Acoustics, Diploma in Acoustics and Noise Control and B.E.

Date:  Tuesday 24th Mar 2015

Time: 11:00hrs to 11:45hrs (GMT)

To register for this free event 45 minute event, please email the following details to office@acoustics.ie

We advise that you check now to ensure that your company firewall will allow you access to our webinar service at https://secure.join.me/icanacoustics

Your name:

Company Name:

Contact Email address:

Telephone Number: 

Name of the Free Webinar you wish to attend:

On registration, details will be sent to you setting out details on how to connect to the hosting service join.me

Note: To listen to the presentation you will need PC speakers or headphones (if in a shared office) and your PC will show our presentation on screen. If audio presents itself as an issue on the day due to firewall restrictions on your end, then we advise that delegates telephone the numbers provided.

Questions can be asked by way of a text based service, so a microphone is not needed your end. There is also an option to dial in via telephone (to a Dublin number), however with modern broadband (VOIP), this is not normally required.

To overcome any firewall issues, we recommend that you check in advance to ensure you can view our company logo at  https://secure.join.me/icanacoustics

For more company information, see our complete set of services at www.acoustics.ie

For more information on sound insulation testing, check out

www.soundinsulationtesting.ie

Expert Witness Services

We provide a wide range of services to Legal Professionals and private individuals pursuing a legal resolution to a sound insulation matter.  We can assist with troubleshooting noise transfer issues and assessing a buildings performance against the guidance in the building regulations. We provide definitive and accurate measurement data for the courts and assistance with resolving sound insulation disputes. 

Free Downloads

The Technical Documents, commonly known as TGD’s give guidance on how to construct a building so that it complies with the Regulations.  Where works are carried out in accordance with the TGDs, this will indicate compliance with the Regulations. The adoption of an approach different to the TGD’s is not prohibited, provided that the approach meets the requirements of the Regulations.

To download a copy of Technical Guidance Document E (2014), click here

To view a copy of the older 1997 Technical Guidance Document E, click here

To download a copy of STATUTORY INSTRUMENT. S.I. No. 606 of 2014, click here