Where properties are attached, sound insulation is very important for the comfort of occupants. Building Regulations require minimum insulation standards for separating elements such as walls and floors; Technical Standard E gives details of these acceptable levels and approved testing methods. AFM can offer a fully compliant testing service using Institute of Acoustics (TechIOA) technicians.
Environmental noise measurement
Before any external noise generating equipment is installed such as a/c condensers, heat pumps or extract fans, there’s usually a need for planning approval. This often requires details of sound levels and proposed methods of noise attenuation. As part of any assessment, AFM can undertake environmental noise measurements to identify existing background levels as well as actual noise generated after installation.
Air Tightness Testing
The air tightness of new houses and flats has a significant effect on energy efficiency and comfort for occupants. Building Regulations set a maximum level of air permeability that must not be exceeded. Technical Standard L lists ways of proving compliance with this requirement, which includes Air Tightness Testing. AFM has ATTMA registered Air Tightness Testers who use calibrated equipment and work to recognised procedures, they can also help with advice on how to comply with the standard.
With all our testing, our aim is to help clients achieve the required standards with an efficient, cost effective and easy to use service.