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GPG on TGD-E,2014 (Irish Building Regulations on Sound)

The AACI Good Practice Guidance Document on TGD-E,2014

The following document is at present under preparation at AACI and due for release at the latter part of quarter 1, 2020. The guidance is not considered to be a substitute for TGD-E, 2014, but instead, a document highlights good practice in an attempt to bring about higher construction standards and bring recognition to residential builders who exceed the minimum performance requirements described in TGD-E, 2014.  The document will include practical checklists and set out the benefits of using qualified acoustic consultants when seeking design advice.



About mandatory pre-completion sound insulation testing in Ireland.

Here are the requirements:

  • Mandatory pre-completion testing by a competent person.
  • Tests to be performed on a representative sample of dwellings, total number dictated by the total number of units and the construction type.
  •  “Other” construction types require more tests, unless they are Assessed Sound Details.

Each “set of tests” comprises a given number airborne and, in the case of floors, impact tests.

How many sound insulation tests


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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

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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.

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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. 

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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