Filling in the short form below will instantly give you a set of contact details for people who could carry out an acoustic sound survey at your property. You will be provided with their contact details, all within less than a second and you will then be able to contact them directly to discuss your requirements in more detail.
Filling in the short form above will instantly give you a set of contact details for people who could carry out an acoustic sound survey at your property. You will be provided with their contact details, all within less than a second and you will then be able to contact them directly to discuss your requirements in more detail.
An acoustic report or noise survey will provide analysis of levels of sound and vibration and identify possible solutions if the levels are not as low as required or desired. Noise pollution can have harmful effects, whether it is at work, in a public place or in a domestic environment.
Noise surveys, testing and reporting can be required in a number of situations.
If you are building new residential dwellings or converting residential properties, where there are shared walls or floors, you are legally required to conform to sound insulation standards set out in Approved Document E (2003) of the building regulations (2000). Typically, at least 10% of any construction type must be tested to ensure these standards are met, however, Building Control ultimately have the say on what testing is required. If the site has been registered with Robust Details Ltd and a commitment made to build one of the approved constructions, then testing is not required.
If you are applying for planning permission for a residential development, council planning officers normally require noise surveys to show that the site is suitable (or can be made suitable) for development. An environmental noise assessment is carried out at the site and proposals can be made to achieve solutions if an external noise problem has been identified. Since a change to planning in 2012, it is now up to the local authority to set acoustic policy under the overarching guidance of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and Noise Policy Statement for England (NPSE).
If a new plant installation is required, the local authorities may require a noise impact assessment or acoustic survey. Some examples of installations that emit a noise are air conditioning units (in an office or public building), kitchen extractor fans (in a restaurant) and factory step lifts. The local authority may want an assessment of the impact of the proposed installation, possibly against the existing background noise levels.
Commercial acoustic surveys can be undertaken and reports produced in conjunction with architectural consultants and building engineers to design offices, factories, garages, etc. to achieve the optimum sound environment.
Noise impact assessments may be required to address a real or potential noise issue. If a public building or facility (such as places of worship, bars, restaurants, leisure facilities, clay pigeon shooting, motocross sites, etc.) is undergoing changes to the usage times or areas, an extension or a new installation is planned, then an acoustic report may be required. If preventative measures are necessary, they will be detailed in the report.
Employees’ hearing in the workplace must be protected and conditions must satisfy Health and Safety Officers. Employers are required to take steps to minimise the risk of hearing damage for their employees, particularly those working in noisy environments, such as warehouses, factories, music venues, etc. Using the services of an acoustic consultant or engineer will aid compliance as required in the work environment.
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