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Sound And Insulation Testing - Part E Building Regulation Compliance - ADE 2003

At E2 Consultants we offer nationwide acoustic consultancy, which involves comprehensive services across all aspects of noise measurement, assessment and control.

E2 Consultants have sound / insulation testing consultants specialising in the provision of high quality and practical acoustic consultancy to both the public and private sectors; typically working with residential and commercial developers, architects, planning consultants, industry, local planning authorities and environmental services.

E2 Consultants' sound / insulation testing consultants have been involved in building and architectural projects at all stages of development, from the specification of the external building envelope and internal separating elements, through to pre-completion testing. Our expert advice has been sought for different types of new build, refurbished and converted developments including residential, commercial, entertainment and leisure and hotels in addition to a wide variety of mixed-use developments.

We actively encourage clients to seek our advice at the earliest opportunity so the integration of our acoustic services can issue into the overall design of a development, removing the need for costly revisions.

We believe that our sound / insulation consultants is second to none across the UK and clients retain our expert services because of our continuous commitment to provide high quality and cost-effective advice.

For a quote or more information call one of our UK consultants on 0800 043 8100 or email

In July 2003, the new approved Document E 'Resistance to the Passage of Sound' (ADE 2003) of the Building Regulations came into force. This requires that new residential properties and rooms for residential purposes be tested (known as pre-completion testing) to demonstrate compliance with the explicit sound insulation performance requirements of ADE 2003. This document states that pre-completion tests should be carried out at a rate of one set of tests per each construction sub-group completed, whatever the size of the development, and thereafter at least one set of tests per every ten completions (assuming no failures).

The onus is on the developer to perform pre-completion testing before the property can be 'released to market' and it is now an offence not to perform these tests. We often advise property developers, contractors, housing associations and local authorities on the implications of ADE 2003. Advice is given on the materials and construction details for separating floors and walls and the key interfaces with other building elements. We also offer advice on the additional requirements of ADE 2003 including the control of reverberation in common areas and the performance of internal walls and floors.

In the past we've advised a number of clients on the practical application of RSDs as in some instances the option will reduce costs compared to non-RSD structures.

Pre-Completion Testing - The following table outlines the sets of tests that are required for new and converted properties.

Property Types Test Requirements
Dwelling houses including bungalows One set of tests normally comprises of two individual Sound Insulation Tests (SITs) & two airborne tests.
1. Living Room (wall)
2. Bedroom (wall)
Flats with separating floor but not walls One set of tests should comprise of four individual SITs (2 x airborn, 2 x impact)
1. Living room (Airborn)
2.Living room (Impact)
3. Bedroom (airborn)
4. Bedroom (Impact)
Flats with separating floor and walls Normally, one set of tests should comprise of six individual SITs (4 x airborne, 2 x impact):
1. living room/living room (floor, airborne),
2. living room/living room (floor, impact),
3. bedroom/bedroom (floor, airborne),
4. bedroom/bedroom (floor, impact),
5. living room/living room (wall, airborne),
6. bedroom/bedroom (wall, airborne)
Rooms for Residential Purposes To conduct a set of tests, the sound insulation between the main rooms should be measured according to the principals set out above for new buildings and material change of use, but adapting them to suit the circumstances.
Pre-Sound Insulation Test Checklist

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