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Resistance to the passage of sound. (2003 edition incorporating 2004, 2010, 2013 and 2015 amendments) (For use in England)

Building Regulations 2010: Approved Documents E

NBS, 2015
Resistance to the passage of sound. (2003 edition incorporating 2004, 2010, 2013 and 2015 amendments) (For use in England)

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Building Regulations 2010: Approved Documents


Presents practical and alternative solutions for complying with the requirements to resist the passage of sound from other parts of the building and adjoining buildings, within a dwelling-house, for reverberation in the common internal parts of buildings containing flats or rooms for residential purposes and the acoustic conditions in schools.


Published by NBS, part of RIBA Enterprises Ltd on behalf of HM Government (DCLG). Corrections applied April and May 2015. This approved document gives guidance for compliance with the Building Regulations for building work carried out in England. It also applies to building work carried out on excepted energy buildings in Wales as defined in the Welsh Ministers (transfer of functions) (No. 2) order 2009. Reprint October 2015 incorporating 2004, 2010, 2013 and 2015 amendments. See also: Approved Document E. Frequently asked questions (MHCLG, 2016). Main changes made by the 2013 amendments: The main changes which apply only to England, were to materials and workmanship. There were no changes to Part E of Schedule 1 to the Building Regulations 2010. Change made by the 2015 amendment: The change, which applies to England, from 6 April 2015, is an update of the reference to standards for schools. Came into force 06/04/2015.




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