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What are the regulations on sound?

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The Building Regulations, Part E – SI 606 (2014)

E1 Sound

Each wall and floor separating a dwelling from –

  • another dwelling or dwellings,

  • other parts of the same building and

  • adjoining buildings

shall be designed and constructed to provide reasonable sound resistance.

E2 Reverberation

The common internal part of a building that provides direct access to a dwelling shall be designed and constructed to limit reverberation in the common part to a reasonable level.

E3 Definitions

‘reverberation’ – the persistence of sound in a space after a sound source has been stopped.