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Sound Testing to ECO Homes Standard

 

ECO Homes Sound Insulation Information

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Acoustic Testing Services

Sound Testing to ECO Homes Standard
Eco Homes is a Housing Corporation initiative run by the Building Research Establishment which has Eco points available for sound insulation performance detailed in the "Health & Well Being" section of the document.

The credits are awarded on a sliding scale and depend on the amount of testing carried out i.e. 20% in order to achieve 1 credit or 30% for 2 credits & above and also the performance of the sound insulation itself over the full test sample i.e. ADE 2003 performance standard for 1 or 2 credits, ADE 2003 performance standard +/- 3dB for 3 credits, ADE 2003 performance standard +/- 5dB for 4 credits.

The Guidance - 2005 / Issue 1.1 March 2005. Up to 7.52% of the total Eco Homes credits can be achieved by proof of performance testing demonstrating higher levels of sound insulation are present in the build construction of the development. See of the Eco Homes "Rating Prediction Checklist".

This is very important as Housing Corporation funding will be linked to the performance of the property, with the "Very Good" standard being brought in as the standard to be achieved starting in the 2nd Quarter 2006. NOTE: Robust Details have no status under the Eco Home banner and all sound insulation testing has to be carried out by Accredited companies.

Service is designed to assess the sound insulation performance of a building prior to conversion to allow only the areas which require sound insulation treatment to be identified and the amount of treatment to be specified. This service can also be tailored with a test room to allow proof of performance testing to be carried out on sound insulation systems before they are globally applied in a property.

Criteria Credits
A commitment to carry out a programme of pre-completion testing based on the Normal programme of testing described in Approved Document E for every group or sub-group* of houses or flats, and to achieve airborne sound insulation values that are at least 3dB higher, and impact sound insulation values that area at least 3dB lower, than the performance standards set out in the Building Regulations for England and Wales, Approved Document E(2003 Edition, with amendments 2004) 1
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A commitment to use constructions for all relevant building elements that have been assessed and approved by Robust Details Limited, and found to achieve the above performance standards  
A commitment to carry out a programme of pre-completion testing based on Normal programme of testing described in Approved Document E for every group or sub-group* of houses or flats, and to achieve airborne sound insulation values that are at least 5dB higher, and impact sound insulation values that are at least 5dB lower, than the performance standards set out in the Building Regulations for England and Wales, Approved Document E(2003 Edition, with amendments 2004). 3
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A commitment to use constructions for all relevant building elements that have been assessed and approved by Robust Details Limited, and found to achieve the above performance standards.  
A commitment to carry out a programme of pre-completion testing based on the Normal programme of testing described in Approved Document E for every group or sub-group* of houses and flats, and to achieve airborne sound insulation values that are at least 8dB higher, and impact sound insulation values that are at least 8dB lower, than the performance standards set out in the Building Regulations for England and Wales, Approved Document E(2003 Edition, with amendments 2004) 4
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A commitment to use constructions for all relevant building elements that have been assessed and approved by Robust Details Limited, and found to achieve the above performance standards.  
Default Cases  
1.Detached dwellings 4
2.Attached dwellings where separating walls or floors only occur between non habitable rooms 3

Assessment Criteria
Credits are awarded for achieving higher standards of sound insulation than those given in Approved Document E of the Building Regulations and demonstrating it by either using post-completion testing (called pre-completion testing in Approved Document E and in the text) or Robust Details as follows:

Improvement of Approved Document E (dB)
Credits Airbourne Sound Impact Sound
  DnT,w+Ctr L'nT,w
1 +3 -3
3 +5 -5
4 +8 -8

 

Additional ECO Homes Sound Insulation Information

 

Acoustic Testing - Further Information
For further information on Acoustic Testing please visit the 'why acoustic_testing page'.

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