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AACI -Sound Insulation Test Scheme

AACI-SITS: Association of Acoustic Consultants of Ireland- Sound Insulation Testing Scheme

As a follow on to the formation of the ACASITI, the Association of Acoustic Consultants of Ireland has put in place a formal industry led sound insulation testing scheme for its members. The scheme is restricted to noise consultants who hold formal qualifications in acoustics, are full members of the Institute of Acoustics, who have been verified by a third party and who can provide engineers, architects, contractors and building designers with acoustic consultancy design advice.

The AACI-SITS (Sound Insulation Testing Scheme) provides the highest standard of sound insulation testing and acoustic design advice in the Republic of Ireland.

While TGD-E 2014 is clear on the requirements in relation to tester competency, it does not specify the certification body for those who wish to undertake sound insulation testing.

In order to fully comply with the intention of the TGD-E 2014 guidance, AACI-SITS have undertaken training for members in sound insulation testing with specific emphasis on the methodology outlined in TGD-E 2014.  This fully complies with both the letter and the spirit of TGD-E 2014 with regard to the educational, training and experience requirements.

It is noted that all members are full members of the Institute of Acoustics and are bound to the codes of conduct with regard to professional competence and integrity where it states that members shall avoid undertaking work which is beyond their capabilities.

All members of the AACI-SITS upgrade their professional knowledge and maintain adequate awareness of technological developments, procedures, standards, laws and statutory regulations which are relevant to their field either by involvement in the Institute’s Continuing Professional Development Scheme or by any other appropriate means.

The person (or persons) responsible for technical aspects of sound testing must comply with the definition of a ‘competent person’. All competent persons must possess a combination of technical knowledge, experience and skills, and must be able to demonstrate, as a minimum:
An in-depth comprehension and experience of the relevant acoustical standards such as:

  • EN ISO 16283-1 :2014  Field measurement of sound insulation in buildings and of building elements — Part 1: Airborne sound insulation.
  • EN ISO 16283-2 :2015  Field Measurement of Impact Sound Insulation of Floors — Part 2:  Impact sound insulation.

Such competent persons need to demonstrate both practical and theoretical competence and should participate in relevant continual professional development. Competence may be demonstrated through reference to an appropriate qualification and/or professional membership of a recognised acoustic organisation, or other similar 3rd. party recognised accreditation scheme with specialist skills in sound testing.
Competent Members of the AACI-SITS

AACI SITS

Interesting Case Law

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.

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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