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Structural details: Acoustic performance

Not only is sound proofing a requirement of Building Regs, it’s a necessity for a quiet and peaceful interior environment, says expert Tim Doherty

There are two different types of noise that self builders and home improvers should know about – airborne and impact generated sound. Sources of the former include talking, TVs, music and media, and the latter comes from occupants walking or bouncing on floors or the slamming of doors.

Sound travels in waves; anything that is airbornegenerated (say from speech) will create vibrations that transfers to walls, floors and ceilings. If building elements are of a light specification or density, the vibrations can travel through the materials and enable sound to be heard on the opposing side. Impact sound travels in the same way, except the waves are more intense as they are the result of a heavy load crashing into a floor, for example.

This Wiltshire home incorporates triple glazing from Green Building Store ( which adds to the home’s soundproofing. The basement is built partially underground using ICF, while the main house is made up of engineered timber I-beam with 300mm Warmcell insulation
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The January 2020 issue of Build It is packed full of practical advice, inspiring readers' homes and expert guidance on everything from planning and design through to budgets and specifying materials. The January 2020 Edition includes: - Future-Proof Your Self Build - Are Woodburning Stoves Really Eco Friendly? - Renovation Design Details - Draught Proofing a Period Home - Planning Secrets: Keeping Your Neighbours Happy - Sound Proofing: How to Create a Quiet Home ... and much more!