Acoustic / Sound Testing (INAB ACCREDITATED)

BCTS LTD are an ISO 17025 accredited company who can provide you with an INAB Sound Testing as part of your building regulation compliance.

Building Completion Testing Services Ltd offers a robust consultancy service during the building and design stage and we recommend that you get in touch with us at the earliest possible stage so your development has the best chance of passing its sound test. Our acoustic testers have extensive background in the building industry and will be able to provide you with pragmatic and cost-effective insulation/sound-proofing options for your building.

The Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government (DECLG) published new Building Regulations pertaining to sound in December 2014. An updated and enhanced Technical Guidance Document (TGD) E Sound followed in January 2015. The key aspects of the new guidance may be summarised as follows:

  • For the first time in Ireland, minimum standards of sound insulation performance have been used to define ‘reasonable resistance to sound’;
  • Reverberation in common internal parts of buildings has been introduced as an issue requiring consideration, and;
  • Mandatory pre-completion testing is required in order to demonstrate compliance with the requirements of the regulations

Sound insulation (or pre-completion) testing based on the above regulations is one of the final steps in any project involving the assessment of the sound insulation performance of party walls and party floors between different dwellings. The essential purpose of sound testing is to ensure that walls and floors are reducing an acceptable amount of noise.

The exact number of walls requiring testing will vary depending on the overall size of the development. However, a typical small to medium development (of under 10 dwellings with similar construction) should require sound testing that includes 2 airborne wall tests, 2 airborne floor tests and 2 impact floor tests.

Building Completion Testing Services Ltd sound testing protocols fully comply with the requirements of Building Regulations (2014) Technical guidance Part E which states that persons are competent and trained to the relevant ISO standards – ISO 16283.

Technical Guidance Document Part E

https://www.housing.gov.ie/sites/default/files/migrated-files/en/Publications/DevelopmentandHousing/BuildingStandards/FileDownLoad%2C39956%2Cen.pdf