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.
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)
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