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One of the more common complaints about houses with poor build quality is noise transfer, both from outside sources but in particular between the rooms in the house itself. Poor acoustics is something that could, and should, be considered at the design stage of a project. Sound transmission between homes, is a major problem in the UK which requires serious consideration from both architects and builders. Noise nuisance can be a serious cause of stress, and if not remedied it can affect our health and wellbeing as well as influencing everyday life.

 

What Does Soundproofing Do?

To soundproof a home means to lower the intrusion of external noise, while also insulating it so noise cannot escape the space. In many cases acoustic insulation is used to prevent any noise from outside interfering with the residents within. This could be anything from voices, nearby building works or high levels of traffic noise. It also ensures neighbours and outside parties are not disturbed by the activities taking place within the home.

 

Appeal of New Builds

The appeal of new build homes to house buyers is clear, a modern home, low maintenance, aesthetically on trend with minimalist décor, generally more energy efficient than resale properties, and usually less headaches when it comes to hidden surprises or structural issues.



 

Material Change of Use Considerations

This has important effects with acoustic insulations that will need to be included into the new build, unlike when you are simply renovating an existing build Anyone involved in a Material Change of Use in a project’s design should be aware that sound insulation will be needed to prevent airborne and impact sound being transmitted from one part of a building to another through separating floors, ceilings, or walls. Failing to do so could lead to potentially very costly fixes required to pass building regulations, hence it is extremely important to make sure you not only meet but exceed the minimum standards for acoustic insulation when working on a new build. Part E of the Building Regulations sets out the standards for sound insulation in a new builds or renovation projects. The government mostly concern themselves with setting out an acceptable level of acoustic insulation between adjacent homes. More specifically, it’s about those that share a wall or floor.

 

Crucial Areas for Acoustic Insulation

There are a number of enhanced design solutions available to treat new build schemes. In fact, you might be surprised at the range of options to improve an existing property undergoing a renovation. If you intend to use any parts of your home for activities that might generate noise – such as a home cinema, music practice area or a playroom you will need to look at making some upgrades. The same may be true of areas sensitive to noise entering, such as a home office or bedroom. An obvious first step is to avoid placing sensitive rooms adjacent to those that are likely to generate significant noise. But this isn’t always possible. Even if it is, you may still need to look into solutions that will enhance sound performance in your property’s walls, floors, and ceilings.



How Do You Reduce Noise Problems?

The first option should be to design out noise problems wherever possible by using a good room layout. Try not to position noise generating spaces next to noise sensitive spaces. If you cannot avoid an acoustic conflict, then consider upgrading the building fabric. Upgrading your walls and floors can significantly enhance the acoustic environment within your home.


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