What is Airborne Noise Transmission?

What is Airborne Noise Transmission?

Airborne Noise Transmission

Airborne noise transmission occurs when noise travels through a separating floor or wall element from one area to another. It can be created by an exterior source or an interior dwelling. Examples of airborne noise include, music, voice and traffic noise. Failure to install the appropriate soundproofing products to prevent airborne noise can result in the failure of Part E Building Regulations.

All new build and refurbishment developments must undergo acoustic tests, conducted by a qualified acoustic engineer to be considered fit for occupation. The developments must meet specific acoustic performance figures to meet the Part E Building Regulations. The development is not fit for occupation if the following standards are not met:

Airborne Noise Issues

Airborne noise is an area of concern for all types of floor and wall constructions. A popular method of dealing with this type of noise is to install a high performance resilient layer below a floor or on a wall. On concrete floors a resilient layer is often installed below a screed. On timber/steel floors an acoustic floor board featuring a high performance resilient layer may be installed on the sub-deck to deal with both impact and airborne noise. It is also appropriate to install soundproofing rolls between the joists to help reduce airborne noise. An acoustic wall lining board can be installed on masonry and timber stud walls to eliminate airborne noise transmission.

Find out how to soundproof specific floor types and eliminate airborne noise by the reading the following articles:

Eliminate Airborne Noise Transmission

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