In July 2002, the Government announced the new proposals to Part E of the Building Regulations, which sets the standards for acoustic requirements for residential buildings.
One of the most significant changes will be to increase the scope of the regulations by encompassing Hotels, Hostels and other buildings that feature ‘rooms for residential purposes’, such as student accommodation and nursing homes etc. The proposals will also include new measures designed to test compliance in relation to sound insulation performance. Other significant changes include reverberation control in the common parts of flats and the regulation of acoustic control in schools.
The requirements for existing buildings are due to come into force in July 2003, whereas the requirements for newly build dwellings will not be in effect until January 2004. This is to allow the House Builder’s Federation time to develop Robust Standard Details in order to overcome the need for routine on-site testing.
Further information can be obtained from the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, the House Builders' Federation and the Association of Noise Consultants.