Poor sound insulation between adjoining properties is a cause of many complaints throughout the country. It may make everyday sounds of ordinary living for example; children playing intolerable. It is a particular problem in premises originally constructed as single household dwellings, which have been converted into self, contained flats. Unfortunately following the common law cases of Southwark v Mills, Baxter v Camden LBC and Vella vs LB Lambeth it was found that a lack of sound insulation between premises leading to noise nuisance cannot be remedied under the Environmental Protection Act 1990. These cases found that it is not reasonable to expect neighbours to behave especially quietly because sound insulation between their properties is poor. Subsequently normal, everyday noise will not constitute a statutory nuisance. As a result of these cases statutory action cannot be taken by the Environmental Protection and Monitoring Team of Plymouth City Council to require the provision of sound insulation in such cases. If however, normal everyday noise is undertaken in an unreasonable way for example musical instruments loudly playing for long periods of time the Environmental Protection and Monitoring Team may be able to help.
If you need assistance with sound insulation testing in accordance with the 2014 Technical Guidance Document E issued by the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government we would be delighted to help.
Using calibrated Bruel & Kjaer Building Acoustics equipment for airborne and impact noise, we can accurately measure sound insulation on your behalf.
To download a current copy of the TGD-E 2014, please click here.
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