We also welcome the formation of other groups such as Sound Insulation Test Register Ireland (SITRI) and benefits associated with providing formal training to candidates with no formal qualifications in acoustics. For this reason we would welcome any organisation that attempts to raise standards.
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Technical guidance document Part E (2014) of the Building Regulations 1997 (S.I.
no. 497 of 1997) relates to the mitigation of sound transfer between dwellings and
rooms within a building. The regulations simply state that walls and floors must have
“reasonable resistance” to airborne and impact sound. No consideration is given to the
nature or location of the building or potential noise sources.
Diarmuid Keaney of ICAN Acoustics has completed the “Advanced Sound Insulation Testing / Training Course” for ISO Parts 1 & 2 as per Building Regulations Technical Guidance Documents Section E – 2014. This training was held at Sound Research Laboratories in the UK on February 10th. 2016.
So what is different about TGD-E(2014)?
Unlike older regulations, the new regulations (Technical Guidance Document E, 2014) also apply to extensions to dwellings which adjoin other buildings.
Click on the Technical Guidance Document E below to view
Regulation E1 aims to ensure that dwellings achieve reasonable levels of sound insulation from sound transmission emanating from attached buildings or differently occupied parts of the same building.
Regulation E2 aims to protect dwelling occupants from noise produced from reverberation in common internal areas which provide direct access to a dwelling or dwellings.
These Regulations also amend Article 13 of the Building Regulations 1997 to require Part E to apply to an existing building or part of a building which undergoes a material change of use to a dwelling. The amendments to Part E of the Building Regulations and the associated technical guidance meet the overall objective of securing reasonable standards of health and safety for persons in or about buildings in respect of the passage of sound. The operative date of the Regulations is 1 July 2015.
Under STATUTORY INSTRUMENTS. S.I. No. 606 of 2014 BUILDING REGULATIONS (PART E AMENDMENT) REGULATIONS 2014, the revised version of TGD-E 1997 has been replaced by TGD-E 2014.
“Act of 1990” means the Building Control Act 1990 (No. 3 of 1990) as amended by the Building Control Act 2007 (No. 21 of 2007)
Our test services come under the ‘Ancillary Certification , Part E – Sound Building Control (Amended) Regulations 2014’
“Ancillary Certificates” means a certificate other than a statutory certificate of compliance as prescribed in the Building Control Regulations given by a competent person to confirm compliance of elements of the building, design or works with Building Regulations;
“Ancillary Certifier” means a person proposed to issue such a statement. (Note: a “person” also includes a company); “Assigned Certifier” means the competent, registered professional person so assigned, in accordance with the Building Control Regulations;
To download a copy of the Code of Practice for Inspecting and Certifying Buildings and Works click here. These are an integral part of the Building Control Regulations 2014 February, 2014.
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