Providing sound solutions to noise problems, enabling property owners and the building services industry to create environments free from unwanted noise and vibration.


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Our testing and design standards

A summary of relevant, pertinent standards and design guides that are used to inform our robust design approach:


Noise assessment, measurement and testing:

BS 4142:1997 Method for rating industrial noise affecting mixed residential and industrial areas
ISO1996-1:2003 Acoustics- Description, measurement and assessment of environmental noise-Part 1: Basic quantities and assessment procedures
ISO1996-2:2007 Acoustics – Description, assessment and measurement of environmental noise Part 2: Determination of environmental noise levels
ISO 9613 – 1 & 2 Attenuation of sound during propagation outdoors
BS EN ISO 140 Parts 4 , 5, 7 & 14 Field measurement of sound insulation in buildings and of building elements
BS EN ISO 717 Parts 1 & 2: 2013 Acoustics. Rating of sound insulation in buildings and of building elements
BS EN ISO 3744:2010 Acoustics. Determination of sound power levels and sound energy levels of noise sources using sound pressure. Engineering methods for an essentially free field over a reflecting plane
BS EN 13487:2003 Heat exchangers. Forced convection air cooled refrigerant condensers and dry coolers. Sound measurement
BS 5228:2009 Part 1 & 2 Code of practice for noise and vibration control on construction and open sites, noise & vibration
BS EN 12354-Parts 1 to 6:2000 Building acoustics. Estimation of acoustic performance in buildings from the performance of elements

Product testing:

BS EN ISO 10140 Parts 1 – 5 A range of standards relating to the laboratory measurement of sound insulation of building elements and associated qualification standards, methods & requirements.
BS EN ISO 7235:2009 Acoustics. Laboratory measurement procedures for ducted silencers and air-terminal units. Insertion loss, flow noise and total pressure loss.

Guidance standards:

BS 8233:1999 Sound insulation and noise reduction for buildings. Code of practice
BS 6472:2008 Guide to evaluation of human exposure to vibration in buildings
World Health Organisation Night Noise Guidelines for Europe, 2009
World Health Organisation  Guidelines for Community Noise, 1999
IEMA/IOA Guidelines for Noise Impact Assessment (DRAFT 2002)
Control of Pollution Act 1974  Section 60 and 61
Environmental Protection Act 1990 Part III – Statutory noise nuisance assessment
Department for Communities and Local Government  National Planning Policy Framework (March 2012)
Code for Sustainable Homes, 2006
DEFRA   Noise policy statement for England 2010 (NPSE)
Department for Transport  Calculation of Road Traffic Noise (1988)
The Highways Agency Design manual for Roads and bridges (Part 7 November 2011)
BB93 Acoustic design of Schools, DfES
BB101 Ventilation of School Buildings
CIBSE Guide A 2007 – Environmental Design
Guide B 2006 – Heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigeration – Section 5 Noise and vibration control for HVAC
BREEAM Health and Wellbeing/Pollution assessments and testing
Department of Health HTM-08-01, Specialist Services – Acoustics 2013
Acoustics: Technical design manual 4032:0.3 2011
AIS   Association of Interior Specialists – A guide to Office Acoustics 2011
BCO British Council for Offices – Guide to Specification 2009
HSE    Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005
Building Regulations  Approved Document E – Resistance to the passage of sound (2003 Edition incorporating 2004 and 2010 amendments)