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Sound Testing for New Builds

New-builds and conversions must have pre-completion sound tests undertaken in order to comply with Part E of the building regulations – the Code for Sustainable Homes and BREEAM assessments.

On the 1st of July 2003 the New Approved Document E (2003 edition) was implemented, with amendments in 2004 and 2010. The chief aim is to minimise sound transmission with a view to reducing the impact of nuisance noise on homeowners and improving their quality of life. Sound tests ensure sound insulation within and between new builds, converted dwellings, hostels and hotels is sufficient.

Leading UK Sound Insulation Testing Company

Our partners Sonic Element has all the necessary approved qualifications and affiliations, being ANC-registered and fully accredited to carry out pre-completion sound tests. Note that all sound test requirements are carried out at the building inspector’s discretion.

Harnessing many years of onsite experience and expertise in sound testing in relation to building regulations, Sonic Element will provide support throughout the noise testing process, answering any questions you have.

Sound Testing Cost

Our partners are able to provide expert sound testing at a competitive cost. Learn more by visiting their website.

Noise Testing Services to Meet Approved Document E Requirements

Section E0 & E1 of the Approved Document details all current performance requirements. Eight sections comprise Approved Document E. Sound insulation values are laid out in Table 1a and Table 1b found in Sections E2 to E8, which provides examples of correctly-built constructions.

Which Buildings Need Acoustic Tests?

Properties where there has been a change of use in relation to conversions and refurbishments. This requirement was effective from 1st July 2003.

  • New build houses and flats – effective from 1st January 2004
  • Domestic extensions

Sound Testing for London, East Anglia, the Southeast & Beyond

Air Tightness Testing clients based in London, East Anglia, the Southeast and beyond can benefit from the acoustic insulation testing expertise of our partners, helping to ensure new builds are fully compliant and ready to be sold or rented out.

iATS Registered and UKAS Recognised


We are registered with iATS (Independent AirTightness Testing Scheme) and use equipment calibrated by UKAS laboratories. Our testing procedures are also recognised by UKAS.