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Residential Acoustic Consultants

New residential developments will inevitably require planning consent. The grant of planning consent will depend, amongst other things, on the noise climate at the location of the application.

Residential Acoustics

Professional Practice Guidance (ProPG) on Planning and Noise for New Residential Development has recently been jointly drafted by the Institute of Acoustics, the Association of Noise Consultants and the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health to provide assistance to developers and planning authorities to ensure that proposals for residential development are correctly assessed.

As expert residential noise consultants we carry out measurements of existing noise to inform the need for an Acoustic Design Statement as required by the ProPG. Once this has been determined, our job is to work with the developer to produce this Statement to ensure that levels of internal and, where relevant, external noise will be appropriate when the development is complete.

We also carry out sound insulation testing to ensure that insulation between adjoining properties is adequate for new-builds or conversions from existing single properties, as required by the Building Regulations, and possibly by planning conditions which may have been applied to a consent for such works.

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