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Acoustic Testing and Compliance
Stroma's UKAS-accredited acoustics division is capable of assisting projects from design through to completion. As our team of acoustic engineers is dispersed nationwide, we are able to keep lead times to a minimum and offer highly competitive fees.
Our experienced acoustic consultants can liaise with the design team at all stages of a project to ensure that compliance requirements are considered from the outset, and thus achieved comfortably and economically.
Acoustic and Sound Insulation Testing
Stroma carries out sound insulation testing to meet all regulatory standards (Part E, proposed robust details, EcoHomes, Code for Sustainable Homes (CSH), BB93 etc.) Our team has over 20 years of experience in the field collectively and experience of carrying out tests in buildings of all conceivable sizes and types.
We can carry out Environmental Noise Assessments to satisfy the following standards:
- PPG 24
- BS4142 and BS7554
- BS5228 - noise and vibration control on construction and open sites.
Stroma can provide assessment and consultancy to address a range of issues related to building acoustics, including:
- Plant room construction advice.
- Prediction and/or measurements of noise in ductwork.
- Assessment of terminal cooling devices.
- Prediction and/or measurement of reverberation times.
Noise at Work Assessments
We can undertake measurements in the workplace to assess compliance with the Noise at Work Regulations.
In the event of non-compliance, Stroma can also identify and advise on the appropriate remedial measures for bringing substandard structures up to the level required for compliance. We can also deliver these measures in-house.
Acoustics-related BREEAM credits are available, under Hea 05 and Pol 05, for most types of BREEAM Assessment. Stroma Technology can assist with obtaining these credits by providing:
- Advice and guidance during the design stages for all BREEAM applications.
- Prediction of final performance of building against Hea 05 and Pol 05.
- Post Completion testing and reporting to verify compliance.
Planning and Noise
We can assist with planning applications by providing on-going advice on noise issues, and undertake post-completion environmental noise measurements to confirm compliance with conditions.
Noise at Work Assessments
Stroma can undertake measurements in the workplace to assess compliance with the Noise at Work Regulations. We can then advise on appropriate remedial measures to achieve compliance.
Building Acoustic Testing in Scotland
Operating from our Dundee base, we offer design consultations, environmental noise surveys and sound insulation and acoustic testing to satisfy Section 5, EcoHomes and Building Bulletin 93 throughout Scotland.
The 2010 edition of Section 5 has been revised to include the following deadlines:
- As of October 2010, acoustic testing is required for all newly-built and converted houses.
- From May 2011 all flats and maisonettes will require sound insulation testing.
Sound insulation compliance is required for many project types. Whether a client-driven specification or stipulated by legislation, we facilitate the achievement of the required sound reduction and decibel (dB) rating through the installation of acoustic blankets, barriers and seals. For example, we carry out works on partition walls in apartments and hotel rooms, between classrooms, in doctors' surgeries (to ensure confidentially) and between offices and boardrooms. We also have a team of experienced acoustic testers, enabling us to offer a coordinated approach to final compliance testing.