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Acoustic insulation

Acoustic insulation

ACOUSTIC INSULATION

SOUNDPROOF INSULATION

SOUNDPROOFING AND NOISE CONTROL


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. The ability, if that is the right word, to hear someone having a wee from distant corners of the house is many people’s worst fear — and poor acoustics is something that could, and should, be considered at the design stage of a project.

The Building Regulations for sound (Part E in England and Wales) are split into two sections: E1 and E2.

-E1 looks at protection from noise from adjoining buildings (flats, terraces, semis)                      -E2 deals with sound transmission within the home itself.

Quiet Rooms

 

That’s not to say it’s not worth improving the sound performance over and beyond meeting the 40dB standard imbedded in the Building Regulations. But logically, it might be better to think about building a quiet room or two, rather than trying to improve the performance of the whole house.

The idea of a quiet room is being promoted by British Gypsum. Their Sound Solutions offer useful advice (including a consultant service) and techniques for creating a quiet room in both new build and existing houses — aiming for around 55dB.

 

The improvements all add a little depth to the existing walls, ceiling and floors and are therefore not likely to be terribly practical as a whole house retrofit solution, but could be immensely helpful in improving the sound reduction in a particular room.

CANCELLING NOISE BETWEEN ROOMS

One simple solution for those wanting an upgrade on their own home acoustics would be to adopt the much more demanding standards set out in Part E1 for party walls and floors, for internal partitions. This has been made even easier by the adoption of a set of robust details which are widely used by commercial housebuilders who want to comply with E1 but wish to avoid expensive and time-consuming acoustic testing.

 

Another approach would be to look at a proprietary standard, like Saint-Gobain’s Multi-Comfort standard which combines the Passivhaus standard for energy efficiency with air quality and an acoustic standard set close to Part E1. ‘Airborne sound insulation up to 68dB’ is what is offered. Needless to say, Saint-Gobain may have good commercial reason for promoting such improved standards because they sell plasterboard and insulation — two of the main products required.

But that doesn’t make the Multi-Comfort standard a bad idea. Any upgrade to the specification involves extra expense, but upgrading acoustic standards on internal walls and floors is not going to have any significant impact on the overall budget, adding between 0.5% and 2% to overall costs depending on the level of soundproofing involved.

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140mm URSA Hometec 40 Cladding Insulation Roll

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140mm URSA Hometec 40 Cladding Insulation RollPitched roofs, External walls, Twin skin metal cladding140mm URSA HOMETEC Cladding Rolls are lightweight, unfaced glass wool rolls for use in twin skin metal cladding systems.Product DetailsThickness: 60mm, 80mm, 100mm, 120mm, 140mm, 160mm, 170mm, 180mm, 200mm, 220mm, 240mm, 260mm, 280mm, 300mmWidth(mm)..

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145mm Knauf Rocksilk Krimpact Flat Roof Slab (16-pack)

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150mm Rockwool Hardrock Multi Fix DD For Flat Roofs (pallet-8)

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150mm Rockwool RW5 Universal Insulation Slab (pack-2)

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150mm Recticel Powerdeck U PIR Insulation Board For Flat Roof - pack/4Easy to install flat roof insulation board suitable for torch-on felt.150mm Recticel Powerdeck U PIR Insulation Board For Flat Roof - pack/4 is a high performance rigid PIR insulation board for use in warm flat roofs with bituminous torch-on felt waterproofing systems. Its o..

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150mm Thermafleece CosyWool Sheep Wool Roll (4.3mx370mm pack of 3)

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150mm Thermafleece CosyWool Sheep Wool Roll (4.3mx370mm pack of 3)  Rich in British sheep's wool - easy to install between and over joists, ideal for floors and lofts150mm Thermafleece CosyWool Sheep wool roll (4.3mx370mm pack of 3) is versatile insulation rich in British sheeps wool and is the ideal choice if you are looking for all roun..

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150mm Thermafleece CosyWool Sheep Wool Roll (4.3mx570mm pack of 2)

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15mm British Gypsum Rigidur H Impact Resistant Fibre Plasterboard

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15mm British Gypsum Rigidur H Impact Resistant Fibre PlasterboardGypsum fibre plasterboard with additives for rigidity, durability and mechanical strength.High performance impact resistant gypsum fibre board for use in the GypWall Extreme system. Gives high levels of sound insulation, Class A2 and Class 0 reaction to fire performance and excellent ..

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160mm URSA Hometec 40 Cladding Insulation Roll

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60mm URSA Hometec 40 Cladding Insulation RollPitched roofs, External walls, Twin skin metal cladding60mm URSA HOMETEC Cladding Rolls are lightweight, unfaced glass wool rolls for use in twin skin metal cladding systems.Product DetailsThickness: 60mm, 80mm, 100mm, 120mm, 140mm, 160mm, 170mm, 180mm, 200mm, 220mm, 240mm, 260mm, 280mm, 300mmWidth(mm): ..

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170mm Rockwool Hardrock Multi Fix DD For Flat Roofs (pallet-7)

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180mm Knauf Rocksilk Krimpact Flat Roof Slab (14-pack)

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180mm Knauf Rocksilk Krimpact Flat Roof Slab (14-pack)Rocksilk Krimpact Flat Roof Slabs are  high performance, non-combustible Rock Mineral Wool slabs with high compressive strength, suitable for use on all types of roof deck, and can be overlaid either with a single ply membrane which is mechanically fixed, or with a waterproof membrane ..

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180mm URSA Hometec 40 Cladding Insulation Roll

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180mm URSA Hometec 40 Cladding Insulation RollPitched roofs, External walls, Twin skin metal cladding180mm URSA HOMETEC Cladding Rolls are lightweight, unfaced glass wool rolls for use in twin skin metal cladding systems.Product DetailsThickness: 60mm, 80mm, 100mm, 120mm, 140mm, 160mm, 170mm, 180mm, 200mm, 220mm, 240mm, 260mm, 280mm, 300mmWidth(mm)..

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185mm Rockwool Hardrock Multi Fix DD For Flat Roofs (pallet-6)

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18mm JCW Cement Particle Board For Ceilings And Floors

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