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AURACLE ACOUSTICS  -  Approved Document E

Summary

Approved Document E 2003 'Resistance to the Passage of Sound' was published in early 2003, and came into effect on 1 July 2003.

Like the previous edition published in 1992 it applies to all party structures which separate newly built dwellings and those formed by conversion.  However, the new edition differs significantly from the 1992 edition, the current Requirements being as follows:

"Protection against sound from other parts of the building and adjoining buildings

"E1.  Dwelling-houses, flats and rooms for residential purposes shall be designed and constructed in such a way that they provide reasonable resistance to sound from other parts of the same building and from adjoining buildings.

"Protection against sound within a dwelling house

"E2.  Dwelling-houses, flats and rooms for residential purposes shall be designed and constructed in such a way that -

"(a) internal walls between a bedroom or a room containing a water closet, and other rooms: and

"(b) internal floors,

"provide reasonable resistance to sound."

{"Requirement E2 does not apply to -
(a)  an internal wall which contains a door;
(b)  an internal wall which separates an en suite toilet from the associated bedroom;
(c)  existing walls and floors in a building which is subject to a material change of use."}

"Reverberation time in the common internal parts of buildings containing flats or rooms for residential purposes

"E3.  The common internal parts of buildings which contain flats or rooms for residential purposes shall be designed and contructed in such a way as to prevent more reverberation around the common parts than is reasonable."

{"Requirement E3 only applies to corridors, stairwells, hallways and entrance halls which give access to the flat or room for residential purposes."}

"Acoustic conditions in schools

"E4.  (1) Each room or other space in a school shall be designed and constructed in such a way that it has the acoustic conditions and the insulation against disturbance by noise appropriate to its intended use.

"(2)  For the purposes of this Part - "school" has the same meaning as in section 4 of the Education Act 1996[4]; and "school building" means any building forming a school or part of a school."

The passages in quotation marks above are reproduced directly from Approved Document E 2003, are subject to crown Copyright, and are used here in accordance with the terms set out on the website of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister.

More information on the acoustic conditions in schools is provided in Building Bulletin 93 and can be found on the page of this website entitled BB93.

 

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