Sound Testing Services
Lighthouse Acoustics is a specialist company that provides sound testing and consultancy services to the building sector. We work with architects, builders, developers and contractors on projects of all sizes to help them understand how their proposed design might affect the acoustics for those living or working in the surrounding area. Our commitment to excellence means we provide impartial advice upon which decisions can be made without fear of compromise.
Lighthouse Acoustics have the necessary experience to provide sound testing and consultancy services for project planning in the building sector.
It is important to understand how your proposed design might affect acoustics, so that decisions can be made without fear of compromising on quality.
What is sound insulation testing?
Sound testing is required for residential projects to ensure that the completed structure will attenuate noise adequately. Sound-testing includes readings of airborne and impact noise. This means that sound test and analysis results on the level of noise a residence provides on insulation from sound. It is helpful to understand how noisy a particular workplace is, or whether soundproofing is required to assist in passing current building regulations.
Lighthouse Acoustics work with many businesses throughout Manchester and North West, UK to ensure compliance with current sound standards and to ensure that the noise levels generated by their premises are not too disruptive or dangerous.
Pre-Completion Sound Testing
Lighthouse Acoustics are a Member of the ANC Pre-Completion Sound Testing Registration Scheme which is approved by the DCLG to undertake sound insulation testing in accordance with the Building Regulations Approved Document E.
All new build or conversion dwelling-houses, flats or rooms for residential purposes (e.g. hotels, student accommodation) are required to have a sound test carried out for airborne and impact sound insulation upon completion, adhering to current building regulations. The only exceptions to this are detached houses or new build developments that have registered with Robust Details scheme.
Airborne Sound Insulation Testing
Should sound transfer through a separating wall or floor construction be the cause of complaint, the first step is to establish the existing level of sound insulation. Airborne sound testing may reveal that the separating construction is the main transmission path or that flanking via the surrounding structures is the cause of the complaint. Once this is established, suitable remedial measures may then be specified.
Should noise break-in via a façade be an issue due to road traffic or other sources, the existing level of sound insulation may also be established. Likewise, if noise breakout occurs via a façade due to music or other sources, the existing sound insulation level may be established.
Impact Sound Insulation Testing
If the the cause of complaint is found to be impact sound from the floor above, the first step is to establish the current level of sound insulation. Testing may reveal that the separating construction is the main transmission path or that flanking via the surrounding structures is the cause of the complaint. Once this is established, suitable remedial measures may then be specified.
The reverberation time of a space can have a significant impact on speech intelligibility and clarity of music. It can also affect the reverberant sound level within a space which can impact speech privacy within open plan spaces such as offices and the decay of sound across open plan spaces such as workshops. Measurement of the existing reverberation time is the first step in establishing suitable absorbent treatment in order to reduce the reverberation time.
Indoor Ambient Noise Levels
Indoor ambient noise levels can have a significant impact on the occupants of a space. Too high and speech intelligibility may be affected or sleep disturbance may occur. Too low and acoustic privacy may be adversely affected. Measurement of the existing indoor ambient noise level is the first step in establishing suitable mitigation measures.
Building services noise levels can affect internal and external spaces. Whilst a certain level of noise may be expected due to the operation of equipment, if the level is too high it may be considered intrusive or even a noise nuisance. Measurement of existing building services noise levels is the first step in identifying suitable mitigation measures.
If you would like further information on our sound testing in Manchester, give us a call at Lighthouse Acoustics on 0161 457 0515 or 07415 151901. We shall be delighted to discuss your sound insulation testing requirements. Alternatively, send any enquiries by email to Enquiry@LighthouseAcoustics.co.uk.