Originally Posted by Shoden
I'm after putting down a deposit on a new build in Munster. It's an A2 rated two bed townhouse, so a terrace. Love the plans and the show house but I have always lived in detached houses, slightly nervous about the terraced aspect of it. As such I have a load of questions:
1) Is there minimum sound proofing standards new builds have to meet?
2) Is there any BER like rating for soundproofing?
3)How much are you likely to hear?
4) Is there an option to pay the builder extra for better soundproofing?
5) Is better soundproofing even possible pre or post build?
Thanks in advance.
1. Yes. Technical Guidance Document Part E (Sound) ensures that sound transmission from one dwelling to another is contained to the regulation requirements.
2. No. It’s a pass or fail system.
3. Loud music, parties, doors slamming. All noises that move through the structure and flank noises. You can’t control certain noises and airbourne sounds.
4. Not in my experience.
5. During the build yes. There are superior systems but they must be done on both sides of the party walls. So that means your house and the 2 neighbors houses during construction.
After construction it’s extremely hard to fix. Almost impossible in my opinion.