Professional Acoustic Testing & Consultancy

Professional Acoustic Testing & Consultancy

Professional acoustic testing and consultancy

We provide an extensive range of acoustic services from APT Sound Testing Our team of experienced acoustic engineers and technicians can assist you with independent acoustic design advice and compliance with Building Regulations and Code for Sustainable Homes requirements.

We work with our customers to provide effective acoustic solutions whilst saving you money. Whether you are an architect, developer, or private self-builder, we can provide advice in terms of Building Acoustics for your New-build, Conversion or Material Change of Use projects such as HMO.

We can offer all types of advice from a quick site visit to provide verbal advice, through to a fully-fledged design review of all relevant details for a larger development. Not only do we review the separating construction but also the junction details considering potential noise flanking issues.

Following the design stage advice, we can then carry out the sound insulation testing at the pre-completion stage so our clients can achieve building control sign off for the acoustic element of the development.  We provide our acoustic services for all types of projects from small housing developments to the largest residential developments.

Professional acoustic testing and consultancy

What is Part E of Building Regulations?

Approved Document E of the Building Regulations requires that new attached homes are designed and constructed to provide reasonable resistance to the passage of sound via the party walls and floors and that, unless the homes are registered with Robust Details Limited, a sample of 10% of dwellings on every new development will have to be sound tested.

Our acoustic engineers have carried out over 10,000 sound insulation tests and have the experience to help you on any scheme. Using our pre-completion testing service gives you:

  1. quick response, fast results – the sound testing is arranged around your build schedule, and you will receive an immediate indication of test performance on site, with a full certificate/report sent electronically shortly afterwards.
  2. expert remedial acoustic advice – if your project fails any of the sound tests, we try to help you achieve compliance as quickly as possible. We will, whenever possible, undertake re-tests during the same visit to help you get the pass you need.
  3. complete compliance signoff solution – if you combine your sound insulation testing with our air leakage and energy assessment services. We will ensure swift communication between teams to clear outstanding technical conditions.
acoustic consultancy and design advice service

We provide an impartial, professional acoustic consultancy and design advice service.

In our experience, achieving good acoustic performance in buildings is not always easy, especially if:

  • your building is a conversion project.
  • the performance requirements are set higher than the standard Part E minimum.
  • you have already failed the sound insulation testing.
  • there are issues with the onsite construction, such as the inclusion of lightweight masonry in the perimeter wall.

Using our friendly and proactive approach our acoustic engineers will work with you to achieve the required level of performance, however complex the project. Using the APT Sound Testing team, you will benefit from:

  • vast amount of technical knowledge gained from providing consultancy on a wide range of projects for over 25 years (from small housing developments to multi-residential, mixed-use or commercial sites) as well as experience from carrying out over 10,000 sound insulation tests.
  • ongoing impartial independent advice – we are not affiliated with any acoustic manufacturers so the advice you receive is completely impartial. All correspondence with you remains strictly private and confidential.
  • we endeavour to provide the cheapest acoustic solution to try and reduce costs and buildability issues. This will an off the shelf solution wherever possible.
  • all in one acoustic solution, that considers sample sound testing, acoustic design and final pre-completion sound testing.
professional acoustic consultancy and design advice

Our roadmap to acoustic success

  1. Sample Sound Insulation Testing – We undertake sample sound testing to identify the sound levels for the existing party walls and floors.  Thereafter a more targeted acoustic design can be undertaken to the partitions saving time and money through the construction process.
  2. Acoustic Consultancy – We have considerable experience in all matters related to architectural acoustic design and detailing. We can help develop the initial acoustic design of the project from the initial design scheme stage, in particular acoustic isolation, and interior acoustics. We also use the latest Norsonic equipment analysers and sound sources for conventional and binaural acoustic measurements.
  3. Site Visits – we undertake site visits which allow you (the client) and your contractor to feel confident about the outcome of testing at the end of the build. The site visits let us check that the installation teams are installing the acoustic materials as per manufacturers avoiding crucial onsite mistakes. You can often have a compliant design which still fails due to poor workmanship; the site survey visits negate the risk of sound test failure.
  4. Precompletion Sound Insulation Testing – We visit site and undertake the final pre-completion testing to ensure compliance with Building Regulations Part E and achieve building control sign off for the acoustic elements of the project.
roadmap to acoustic success

Professional Acoustic Testing & Consultancy
APT Sound Testing can provide telephone advice, quote to undertake an acoustic design review of your architect’s drawings to help the likelihood of passing the sound insulation test at the first attempt, reducing the risk of costly remedial works to your project prior to handover. If you require sound insulation testing to party walls, or you need an acoustic design review on your development, please contact us now or visit our acoustic design page.

We are also a UKAS accredited sound testing, so you can be sure of a friendly and professional service providing a ‘one stop’ solution for all your acoustic requirements.

If you would like more information in regards to sound testing service and/or acoustic design services in London, please contact us on 01525 303905 or, for more information please visit our website at or download our sound test checklist.

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