In line with the continuous improvement of building regulations relating to dwellings, privacy and noise pollution are now considered where new dwellings have party walls or floors. For the builder or developer there are two options:
Sound insulation testing, or pre-completion testing must be carried out on new build properties as well as converted properties. A property will either require an Airborne test or an Airborne and Impact test. Airborne tests are carried out on separating walls between habitable rooms of flats and houses.
Airborne and Impact tests are carried out on the separating floors between habitable rooms of flats. Sound insulation testing must comply with Building Regulations Approved Document E.