The relationship between post-construction testing and sound insulation performance

R. J M Craik, A. McPherson, A. W M Somerville

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    This paper looks at the effect of post-construction testing on the sound insulation performance of housing. As a result of simpler and cheaper instrumentation, wide scale testing of sound transmission was carried out on housing in central Scotland during the 1980s. This testing showed that, initially, there was a very high number of houses that failed to meet the desired sound insulation standard but that as architects and contractors came to terms with the knowledge that completed houses might be tested, so the number of failures decreased. The results showed that post-construction testing could reduce the failure rate from around 60% to around 20%. © 1998 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)79-87
    Number of pages9
    JournalApplied Acoustics
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 1999


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