We have just moved into a new build semi-detached house at White Pines in Rathfarnham.
Initial impressions have been very positive, but some neighbours moved in a month ago and we have noticed a large amount of sound transmission across the party wall.
Doors being closed, radio/tv in kitchen, a woman's voice singing. At times it sounds like footsteps are right above us, or a voice is coming from our house.
From consulting with a friend who frequents this forum, I am led to believe that such things should be nigh on impossible in a modern house with the TGD E regulations.
Of course, that assumes the builder has complied with the regulations.
The noise does not seem to be coming directly through the walls. So I guess that other sources are through the floors or perhaps reverberation through the ducting? We have not covered the stairs yet (both stairs are built up against the party wall) but the sound does not seem to be coming solely through the stairs, however if I place my head against the flat area where the stairs turns at 90 degrees away from the party wall, I can hear everything next door.
We also have an issue with the vent axia extraction in the attic reverberating throughout the bedroom and sitting room (located at 1st floor and ground floor directly below the unit). The builder has said this is just the fan speeds, but I have lowered all settings and the fan is whisper quiet in the attic, but the reverberation is almost shaking the master bedroom apart.
Anyway, I'm really looking for next steps here:
- Should I engage an acoustic engineer?
- Are there recommended ones that won't cost a fortune?
- If there is a compliance issue, have we any grounds for remedy or is it a case of you have bought a lemon so just get used to it? (I'm quite sensitive to sound and this has been causing me a lot of stress...I know that sounds ridiculous but I feel like I can't relax in my own home and I'm constantly wondering where the sound is getting in and how I can stop it).