BS8233: 2014 provides performance standards for a range of building types. For residential buildings, the standard states that to achieve adequate sleeping and living conditions, internal noise levels should be 30 dB LAeq or less within bedrooms at night and 35 dB LAeq or less within living rooms during the day. The advised levels are provided below.
As the largest acoustic consultancy in the South West and a key player across the country, we pride ourselves on the level of experience we hold in house. While many companies are accredited to provide testing services, they lack the level of knowledge required to provide consultancy. At MACH Acoustics, we back up our acoustic testing services with a combined consultancy experience of over 50 years.
Our consultancy and testing packages provide the support needed during the design stages of a project, meaning that potential issues are identified early, saving time and money for our clients.
When providing any of our services, our ideology is based on expertise, reliability and value. We invest a large amount of time in making our processes run more efficiently. This means that we can offer better value and a faster turnaround, whilst ensuring a consistently high standard of work.
Where residential development is proposed in noisy areas, planning approval will normally require a noise assessment. The assessment serves to protect the amenity of the future occupants and is commonly conducted in line with British Standard 8233: 2014 Guidance on Sound Insulation and Noise Reduction for Buildings, and the recommendations of the World Health Organisation.
MACH Testing has provided noise assessments for over 500 successful residential planning applications. To date we have not had a single application rejected on the grounds of noise – even in the most challenging situations. To enquire about our services, give us a call now or fill in the enquiry form and we’ll get straight back to you.
A noise impact assessment is commonly called for where a source of noise is to be introduced in to a sensitive area. Assessments of this nature are normally conducted in line with the provisions of British Standard 4142: 2014 Methods for Rating and Assessing Industrial and Commercial Sound.
Noise impact assessments can be applied to range of noise sources, including industrial sites and machinery, building services, night clubs and entertainment, sports and leisure – to name a few. At MACH Testing, we hold the expertise to provide robust noise impact assessments for a wide range of sources. To enquire about our services, give us a call now or fill in the enquiry form, and we’ll get straight back to you.
The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 provide criteria for acceptable noise levels in working environments. Above certain noise levels, hearing protection must be made available to employees on request, while certain levels require mandatory protection.
If you are an employer, you may be required to conduct an assessment of noise in the workplace, to ensure that members of staff are provided with adequate hearing protection. At MACH Testing, we offer fast and efficient noise at work assessments which comply with health and safety legislation. To enquire about our services, give us a call now or fill in the enquiry form, and we’ll get straight back to you.