Put simply, Sound Insulation Testing is a test carried out to check the sound insulation performance of certain elements of a building. Part E of the Building Regulations require that when any new or converted building results in two adjoining dwellings being separated by party (shared) walls or floors, they must be tested to ensure they are sufficiently insulated to avoid excess noise passing between them.
One of the methods in moving towards a carbon zero 2050 adopted by the current UK government has been to create energy-saving schemes for households and businesses, such as the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS).
What is ESOS?
The ESOS is a mandatory energy assessment scheme for large organisations in the UK. It was introduced as a part of the government’s response to Article 8 of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) – a common framework of measures for increasing energy efficiency within the European Union back in 2012.
On 15th December 2021, the government published their updated Building Regulations for England, which included amendments to Approved Document F (Ventilation) and Approved Document L (Conservation of fuel and power), as well as the release of a new approved document for Overheating (Part O).
Here, we’ll take a look at how the changes to Part L, in particular, affect one of our services – Air Tightness Testing.
What is Approved Document F?
Approved Document F specifically applies to a building’s ventilation and indoor air quality. This statutory guidance document dictates that adequate ventilation must be provided to guard against internal moisture build-up that could adversely impact the property’s structure. If not addressed, condensation and poor indoor airflow can affect the long-term health and wellbeing of residents.
In this post, we’ll consider some of the impacts the new legislation will have on Ventilation Testing and how JosTec can help.
The term parge coat refers to the application of a thin coat of cement or polymeric mortar to concrete or masonry walls. Great, but why is this practice done and how does it work? We’ve got the answers you need.