Approved Document E (2010) Resistance to the passage of sound.

Approved Document E applies to all new build residential developments, and those formed by a material change of use (including houses, flats, student residences, care homes and hotels), setting out minimum standards for sound insulation.

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Code for Sustainable Home

The Code for Sustainable Homes is the national standard for the sustainable design and construction of new homes. Within the ‘Health & Wellbeing’ section of the Code, credits are available for achieving improved levels of sound insulation over and above the minimum standards specified in Approved Document E.

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HTM 08-01

HTM 08-01 covers the acoustic design issues that are important for health care premises, recommended criteria for:

  • Noise levels in rooms – including contributions from both mechanical services within the building and external sources transmitted via the building structure.
  • Noise break-out.
  • Airborne and impact sound insulation.
  • Control of reverberation.
  • Vibration caused by plant and medical equipment.

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Building Bulletin 93 (BB93)

Building Bulletin 93 (BB93) gives the constructional standards for acoustics for new school buildings (including extensions to existing school buildings and new schools formed by change of use of other buildings) that are required to be achieved under requirement E4 of Approved Document E.

  • Indoor ambient noise levels in unoccupied spaces
  • Sound insulation between spaces
  • Reverberation in teaching and study areas
  • Sound absorption in corridors, entrance halls and stairwells

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PPG 24 

Planning Policy Guidance Note (PPG) 24 ‘Planning and Noise‟, published in September 1994, sets out the Government’s policies on noise related planning issues. It gives guidance to local authorities on the use of their planning powers to minimise the adverse impact of noise. Specifically, it:

  • outlines the considerations to be taken into account when determining planning applications for both noise-sensitive developments and for those activities which will generate noise;
  • sets out noise exposure categories for residential developments, encourages their use and recommends appropriate levels for exposure to different sources of noise;
  • and advises on the use of planning conditions to minimise the impact of noise.

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