Blue Tree Acoustics Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) #8
What state should my site be in for sound insulation testing?
The test areas should be complete. Walls should be skimmed with skirting boards on, painting isn't critical. Ceiling should be in and skimmed. Floors should be complete, but in most cases there should be no floor coverings in place in test areas. Floor covering make a large difference to the results of impact sound insulation tests. The Building Regulations Approved Document E requires that floors are tested without floor coverings. The only exception is a 'type 1' floor, which is concrete, with no floating screed or floating floor. This floor type may have a soft floor covering bonded to the concrete. If in doubt, just ask.
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