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SOUND TESTING in KENT

Sound Testing Services for Kent
Air Pressure Testing is a well established UKAS accredited sound testing & acoustic consultancy provider for the whole of the Kent. We are able to offer a comprehensive range of sound testing & consultancy acoustic services to suit our clients every requirement. We have a varied client base that includes large scale property developers, small builders, architectural practices, local authorities, planning consultants, throughout the whole of Kent.

We have extensive knowledge regarding the way different materials and construction methods can influence the results of a sound test, to ensure your company achieves complies with Sound Testing Regulations (part E)

Sound Insulation Testing in Kent
Air Pressure Testing provides sound testing throughout Kent. We offer expert advice on all sound insulation testing, background noise surveys and noise assessments for planning applications.

We annually carry out hundreds of sound tests in the Kent region and guarantee to be professional, reliable, helpful and very competitive; we offer a last minute sound testing service at no extra cost and we also undertake weekend working on Saturday and Sunday’s in order to meet your out of hours sound testing requirements. We offer a nationwide service offering a single supplier for all of your regional offices and projects.

Most of our clients that require repeat sound testing in Kent continue to use our services because of our competitive pricing and proactive approach.

If you are in the construction stage of a new project and would like some advice on sound testing or simply require Sound Insulation Testing in Kent, please contact us now at info@airpressuretesting.net

Sound Insulation Testing For Compliance with Part E - Does your development need to Sound Testing?
Pre completion sound testing under part E has been a mandatory requirement since July 2003. All new build properties and conversions which were built after this date require 10% of each party wall/floor construction type to be tested. Sound Testing is to be carried out between pairs of rooms separated by party walls or floors, (however a greater percentage is required if you complying with Code for Sustainable Homes) In most cases the rooms to be sound tested will be the two main habitable rooms, which are usually living rooms and bedrooms. The sound test procedure involves setting up a noise source in a room on one side of the party wall or floor and measuring the noise on both sides of the partition.

At Air Pressure Testing, sound testing is one of the most popular parts of our business; we also undertake air testing to your projects to comply with part L as well as part E.

We can offer both Sound & Air Testing in Kent – provided in one easy package; this helps reduce the cost and improve onsite co-ordination,

Pre-completion sound testing is generally carried out at the request of the Building Control Officer. The guidance contained within Approved Document E gives detailed recommendations for the partitions to be tested and for the number of sound tests that should be carried out. We recommend that the proposed sound testing is agreed in advance with the Building Control Officer (or person requiring the sound test). If you are unsure of your projects acoustic requirements please click here at; info@airpressuretesting.net


Types of Sound Testing in Kent

Airborne sound Testing in Kent
Airborne sound tests may also be required between horizontally and vertically separated pairs of rooms. The sound tests are undertaken by using a sound source, amplifier and loudspeaker to generate a high noise level in one room (the source room). Noise measurements are then taken in both the source and receiver rooms using a prescribed number of source and microphone positions. The background levels in the receiver room are measured and the reverberation time in the receiver room is also measured. From the results, the airborne sound insulation (DnT,w + Ctr) is calculated and compared to the requirements of Approved Document E.

Our sound test engineers carry all the latest Norsonic equipment, which are class one rating and all of our acoustic testing/sound testing, is completed to a strict quality controlled standard. We provide full UKAS Accredited sound testing.

Impact Sound Testing In Kent
For vertically separated rooms, an Impact sound test may also be required. This sound test is undertaken using a “tapping machine”, (as above) which drops a series of weights onto the floor of the upper room. The noise level in the lower (receiver) room is measured for a prescribed number of source and microphone locations. The background levels in the receiver room are measured and the reverberation time in the receiver room is also measured. From the results, the impact sound insulation (L’nT,w) is calculated and compared to the requirements of Approved Document E.

We can undertake both acoustic airborne sound testing to allow for speech, television etc, and impact sound testing to allow for footfall etc. This is in accordance with the requirements of Approved Document E of The Building Regulations and the relevant European and International standards.

Sound Testing or Pre Completion Sound Testing in Kent to Comply With Part E of Building Regulations.
Sound Testing can take on many forms and can be at many stages within a development. For most people sound testing is the Approved Document E requirement for Pre Completion testing. Sound Testing which is completed near the end of a development to show that the performance of the party divides meets the Building Regulations Approved Document E stipulated performance values.

The testing methods for airborne and impact sound insulation testing throughout Kent are in full accordance with: the suggested methods presented in BS EN ISO 140-parts 4 and 7: 1998.

We can also supply advice on remedial acoustic works if you have failed sound tests. We offer this at a reduced rate if we already have an order with the company for the sound testing.

Noise Nuisance Testing In Kent
If noise nuisance is an issue we undertake an investigative look at the sound insulation and overall construction between dwellings, as this is usually one of the main causes of sound test failures.

We also undertake Noise Nuisance Sound Testing throughout Kent to assess the performance of office partitions, acoustic performance of doors, and walls, and throughout the entertainment industry such as pubs, nightclubs and concerts.

Air Pressure Testing carries out all types of Sound Insulation Testing in Kent, if you are unsure how to achieve compliance for your sound testing in Kent please e-mail us at: info@airpressuretesting.net for a quick proactive response.

Acoustic Design services In Kent
We offer advice on basic remedial measures for failed sound tests following discussion to the reason for failure, however this can be avoided if you employ the Air Pressure Testing as your Acoustic consultant from the offset. We offer each job is assessed based on its own merits within isolation, and we will ensure we give you a proactive cost effective service.

Contact us now at; info@airpressuretesting.net to get your free sound testing quotation. Please note with acoustic consultants nationwide, we can offer an extremely proactive cost effective service for all your Acoustic and sound testing requirements.

Sound Insulation Testing in Herefordshire to comply with Part E of the Building Regulations
Changes to The Building Regulations have led to Acoustic testing/sound insulation testing becoming mandatory throughout residential developments. The only waiver to this is if you designer adopts Robust Detailing. As such you may well have been requested to carry out sound insulation testing by Building Control.

Air Pressure Testing’s sound insulation testing service is built around customer satisfaction, specifically in terms of Speed, flexibility and quality. This is ensured by having a team of highly trained test engineers available at all times utilising the very latest sound testing equipment at the forefront of technology. We can undertake Sound Testing out of hours to ensure that your programme is not delayed whilst the works the aforementioned works are undertaken. We also undertake Sound and Air Testing throughout Kent, in one comprehensive package to save you money and negate co-ordination issues.

Contact us now at; info@airpressuretesting.net, to request your free sound testing quotation. Please note with acoustic consultants nationwide, we can offer an extremely proactive cost effective service for all your Acoustic and sound testing requirements.

Why you should use APT for all your sound testing In Kent
• We can undertake PPG24 Noise Assessments to help you achieve planning for your development.
• We can undertake check your design to checks to ensure you comply with part E and you planning application.
• We can undertake sample sound testing and visual surveys on your Kent project to insure your subcontractors constructing correctly, as this is one of the biggest reasons for Sound Test failures
• Sound Testing is arranged as soon as possible as we are aware that quick turnaround time is crucial for our clients.
• We use our own equipment (not hired) so we can react within hours of being contacted, to undertake your sound testing is not delayed
• We offer highly competitive sound test pricing.
• We use top quality instrumentation to ensure you get the best service available.

Contact us now at; info@airpressuretesting.net for your free sound testing quotation. Please note with acoustic consultants nationwide, we can offer an extremely proactive cost effective service for all your Acoustic and sound testing requirements throughout Kent.

What is Sound Testing (under part E) FAQ (frequently asked questions)

What is sound insulation
Sound insulation is the property of a wall or a floor to resist the passage of noise.
What is sound insulation testing
Sound Insulation Testing is a method of quantifying the sound insulation performance of a wall or floor. Sound insulation testing can be carried out on party walls, party floors or facades of any building. The methodology For Air Tightness & Sound Insulation Testing is set out in various parts of BS EN ISO 140 and ratings in parts of BS EN ISO 717.
Why do I need sound insulation testing?
The largest single reason for disputes between neighbours is noise complaints. Approved Document Part E - Resistance to the passage of sound describes minimum standards to be achieved by newly built domestic dwellings. Sound insulation testing is also required in schools, hospitals and workplaces where noisy activities need to be separated from quiet activities.
The Building Regulations Approved Document Part E sets out minimum standards for sound insulation performance to be achieved by party wall and party floors. Building contractors may show compliance with Part E of the Building Regulations by two methods. One method is to register plots to be built with Robust Standard Details Limited and the other is to show as-built performance by Pre-Completion Sound Testing.
What is Pre-Completion Sound Testing?
Pre-Completion Sound Testing is method of showing compliance with Approved Document Part E of the Building Regulations by testing a construction in-situ prior to handover. Air Pressure Testing Ltd offers competitively priced sound insulation testing to both large and small building contractors for any size of development in compliance with Part E of Building Regulations.
What is a Robust Standard Detail?
A Robust Standard Detail is party wall or floor construction of proven performance that is part of the Robust Standard Detail scheme. The Robust Standard Detail scheme is provided by Robust Standard Detail Limited, an organisation that oversees the registration, specification and construction of party wall or floor constructions. Robust Standard Detail Limited produces a handbook containing specifications and checklists for a restricted number of proven constructions based on empirical data. Robust Standard Detail Limited carries out visual inspections during construction of registered plots and spot checks a sample following completion.
When are Pre-Completion Testing sound insulation tests carried out?
Sound insulation testing required for Pre-Completion Testing (PCT) with respect to Building Regulations Approved Document Part E is carried out when the construction of party walls and floors are largely complete. Windows should be in place with any vents closable. Internal and external doors should be in place, along with skirting, cornicing and plug sockets in place. Sound insulation testing on floors must be carried out before any soft coverings are in place.

Sound insulation testing following noise complaints from residents can be carried out at any time when suitable access can be arranged.

Airborne Sound Insulation is determined by the difference D in sound levels between a source and receiver room. This is corrected for reverberation DnT, and weighted to give a single number value for the Sound Insulation DnT,w + Ctr.
Other Sound Testing Services in Kent

Planning/Noise Mapping Surveys in Kent
APT work with many clients, who require Noise Mapping as part of their proposed projects. This is to normally to assess the affect of traffic noise on a new proposed development, rail noise on an existing site, or to satisfy local authority noise criteria when installing new plant on industrial premises near residential homes. Either way APT can offer sound testing to comply with any project.

At Air Pressure Testing we help to assess the project professionally though highly effective and detailed noise maps. Helping to ascertain if there is a noise problem, and if so, how to resolve it. So that our client can satisfy any noise criteria or put into place any sound insulation scheme as required.

This means that our clients will have the best chance of completing their development or installation without major sound testing issues.

Air Pressure Testing carries out all types of in Planning/Noise Mapping Surveys in Kent; if you are unsure how to achieve PPG24 compliance for your project in Kent please e-mail us at: info@airpressuretesting.net for a quick proactive response.

Planning Policy Guidance 24 Noise Assessments
We have considerable experience and skill in dealing with PPG24 Noise Assessments and PPG24 Noise surveys in Kent for the planning applications for both small and large developments. More often than not it’s in relation to new build apartments, houses, or hotels, if you are unsure how to achieve compliance for your planning application in Kent, please phone APT now, or e-mail us at: info@airpressuretesting.net for a quick proactive response for all your sound testing requirements in Kent.

Why Do I need a Noise Assessment?
Noise assessments are often required at the Planning stage of developments that may generate noise, and noise-sensitive developments which may be affected by noise. Some developments, such as mixed use, fall into both categories.

Potentially noise generating developments often require a Noise Impact Assessment to be undertaken. This normally requires existing ambient noise levels to be established, typically by undertaking measurements, and the impact of noise from the development to be established. For large developments, it is often necessary to consider secondary effects, such as the impact of increased traffic on existing roads.

We undertake detailed noise modelling in Kent in order to calculate anticipated noise levels from the development. The noise model can also be used to assess the efficacy of various noise control options.

Noise can also be a Planning issue when noise-sensitive development is proposed in areas that are subject to high noise levels, or are likely to be subject to high noise levels in the future. Current UK government guidance encourages the re-use of brownfield sites and these are often subject to higher noise levels than greenfield sites.

In the UK, Planning and Noise is currently guided by PPG24, which defines four Noise Exposure Categories (NECs), based on the level of noise at the development. The NEC in which the site falls determines to what extent noise should be considered in the granting of planning permission.

The NEC(s) for a development are usually determined by monitoring noise levels. Potential mitigation options can then be assessed by calculation, and/or the use of noise modelling. Appropriate noise mitigation can then be incorporated into the development at the design stage.

Internal noise levels within the proposed buildings can be calculated using our latest noise prediction software. For most buildings, the overall sound insulation performance of the building envelope will depend on the glazing system employed. It may be necessary to stipulate specific glazing and ventilation systems that must be employed to ensure that internal noise criteria are achieved. Most new residential development, once constructed, must have Sound Insulation testing undertaken in accordance with Approved Document E of the Building Regulations.

The area of planning and noise is awash with often contradictory guidance, standards, codes of practice, and it is unusual that any one of these documents precisely covers all aspects of a case. PPG24 requires a noise survey to be conducted at the planning stage to assess the overall suitability of the site's noise climate for residential development. With it comes the possibility of noise control measures being necessary as part of the planning conditions.

Very often there are strong conflicts of opinion between interested parties. We pride ourselves on being able to deal with the issues in a direct and simple manner. Problems relating to noise during the planning stages can usually be avoided or resolved with a good, detailed and accurate acoustic assessment report. As standard all our reports include highly sophisticated noise mapping to accurately detail the spread of noise in the surrounding area for any particular situation. Using the latest acoustic modelling software we can create the situation and then visually model the results of many various mitigation measures.

We undertake accurate on-site noise assessments to suit the needs of a client’s problem and their pocket, and deliver concise and clear reports in a timescale which is again designed to suit the client.

Other Acoustic/Sound Testing Services

Air Conditioning Noise Surveys in Kent.
On numerous occasions APT has been commissioned to assess whether the noise level from air conditioning units at the rear and/or top of commercial buildings show any increment in the existing background at the façade/s of the nearest sensitive property. APT has undertaken Noise Impact Assessments throughout Kent to consider whether the noise levels at the nearest sensitive properties are within acceptable levels.

Eligibility for planning approval on the grounds of noise is then assessed using the guidance given in World Health Organisation Guidelines (WHO) and local guidelines.

Our report therefore described a noise impact assessment of the site, the subsequent analysis to determine the noise environment of the proposed air-conditioning unit and compared the results with national and local standards and specific criteria. The report included the following information:

• Location of the nearest sensitive window at the closest residential property.
• Proposed operational hours of the air units.
Background noise levels assessment over the proposed hours of operation.
• Frequency band analysis of noise of the proposed plant.
• Calculations for the predicted noise level 1 meter from the window of the nearest residential property.
Industrial Planning Noise Surveys In Kent
Noise assessments are often required at the Planning stage of developments for Industrial usage, that may generate noise, and noise-sensitive issues around residential areas.
Some developments, such as mixed use, fall into both categories. Potentially noise generating developments often require a Noise Impact Assessment to be undertaken. This normally requires existing ambient noise levels to be established, typically by undertaking measurements, and the impact of noise from the development to be established. For large developments, it is often necessary to consider secondary effects, such as the impact of increased traffic from large HGV on the local, existing roads.

We undertake detailed noise modelling in order to calculate anticipated noise levels from the development. The noise model can also be used to assess the efficacy of various noise control options.

If you are in the process of building a new project and would like some advice on sound testing for planning in Kent or simply need Sound Insulation Testing in Kent, please contact us now at info@airpressuretesting.net

We also have considerable experience and skill in dealing with PPG24 Noise Assessments and PPG24 Noise surveys throughout Kent for planning applications for both small and large developments. If you are unsure how to achieve compliance for your planning application phone APT now, or e-mail us at info@airpressuretesting.net for a quick proactive response.

Air Pressure Testing is a UK based company which prides itself on being Proactive and working with our clients to achieve successful air test results.

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Air Pressure Testing believes in working with our clients to achieve the best possible results for an Sound Test. We believe that by being involved at the beginning of a project we can save our clients expensive and difficult remedial works at the completion stage of a project.

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