Standards & Legislation

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Approved Document E

 

The latest version of Approved Document E (ADE) was published in 2003 with amendments added in 2004, 2010, 2013 and 2015. The document specifies the acoustic requirements for residential properties and schools.

Detailed acoustic performance requirements are provided for residential properties.

Code of Practice on Environmental Noise Control at Concerts

This document was produced by the Noise Council in 1995. The code is designed to consider noise from large scale daytime music events at outdoor venues and within lightweight buildings.

The code was drawn up for the Noise Council by a working party of acousticians with a a particular interest in noise from music events. The main guidance was drawn up for venues that are used up to 12 days per year. A range of noise criteria are provided for noise sensitive properties, depending on the venue category and the number of events per year.  Where events continue beyond 23:00 hours, it is recommended that music noise should not be audible within residential premises.  Recommendations are provided for noise control measures and suitable licensing conditions.

 

BREEAM

BREEAM is an environmental assessment method for rating and certifying the performance of a wide range of building types, that was first launched in 1990. The New Construction technical guide for non-domestic buildings was published in 2011.

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CRN

The document was produced by the Department of Transport in 1995 and provides the method of calculating (and measuring) railway traffic noise levels for new and altered railways. The document is referred to as the method of assessment to be used in the Noise Insulation (Railways) Regulations. However, the calculation method can also used for carrying out railway noise assessments for planning purposes.

British Council for Offices

The British Council for Offices is an organisation for all those involved in creating, acquiring or occupying office space. It has published a number of design guides in relation to office space, and the 2014 version of the BCO Guide to Specification includes noise criteria for office spaces.

CRTN

The document was produced by the Department of the Environment and the Welsh Office in 1988 and provides the method of calculating (and measuring) road traffic noise levels for new and altered highways. The document is referred to as the method of assessment to be used in the Noise Insulation Regulations. However, the document is also used for carrying out road traffic noise assessments for planning purposes in relation to Design Manual for Roads and Bridges as well as developments such as housing sites adjacent to existing and proposed roads.

BS 6472

British Standard 6472 is a document providing an assessment methodology for assessing the impact of vibration on people in buildings.  The standard is split in to two parts;

Part 1 deals with vibration from sources other than blasting and provides a methodology for predicting human response to vibration in buildings over the frequency range 0.5 to 80 Hz. The standard provides guidance on measuring vibration, and assessing the vibration dose value from the measured results.

DMRB Volume 11

Volume 11, Section 3, Part 7 of the Design Manual details the methodology to be adopted to assess the noise and vibration aspects of new highway schemes in the UK, and sets the overall aims and objectives of the Environmental Assessment process. The latest version of this document was introduced in 2011.

BS 8233

British Standard 8233 (BS 8233) is a baseline document that discusses noise in and around buildings and provides definitions of many acoustic terms. Basic information is provided within the standard for non-specialists who have dealings with acoustics, together with more detailed information for acoustic specialists.

Environmental Protection Act 1990

The Act contains the main legislative controls for noise pollution in the UK. Section 80 of the Act gives local authorities the power to serve a noise abatement notice where a statutory noise nuisance exists. Section 82 allows any individual to apply to a magistrates court for a noise abatement notice to be served if the court is convinced that a statutory nuisance exists.

Building Bulletin 93 (BB93)

Building Bulletin 93 (BB93) was originally published in 2004 to provide a design guide for dealing with acoustics in new school buildings. The revised document was published in 2014 and provides performance standards, acoustic principles, good design practice and  calculation procedures.

ETSU-R-97

The document published in 1996 is the report of the Working Group on Noise from Wind Turbines and contains details of assessment methodologies and criteria. The Working Group consisted of representatives from the industry, consultants and local authorities. The report is not a government document but is referred to in current government guidance as the appropriate method for assessing wind farm noise.

Control of Noise at Work Regulations

The 2005 version of the Regulations came in to force on 6th April 2006, with the exception of the music and entertainment sectors, where the introduction was delayed for 2 years.  The Regulations were an update of the 1990 Regulations, and introduced new noise limits for protecting employees hearing.

The Regulations contain lower exposure action values, upper exposure action values and exposure limit values. 

Minerals Technical Advice Note 1: Aggregates (MTAN 1)

Minerals Technical Advice Note 1: Aggregates (MTAN 1) was produced in 2009 and provides the detailed advice from the Welsh Government in relation to aggregates extraction in Wales.

Health Technical Memorandum 08-01: Acoustics (HTM-08-01 2013)

Health Technical Memorandum 08-01: Acoustics (2013) outlines minimum recommended criteria for acoustics in the design and management of new healthcare developments, and addresses issues on the provision of temporary healthcare facilities, refurbishments and the control of noise and vibration during construction.

Minerals Technical Advice Note 2: Coal (MTAN 2)

MTAN 2 was produced by the National Assembly for Wales in January 2009 to provide detailed advice on the policy for both surface and underground working of coal in Wales.

National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF)

The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) superceeds PPG 24 which gave guidance on noise issues related to planning policy. The NPPF was published in March 2012 and sets out the Government's planning policies for England and how they are to be applied.  The NPPF lists 44 documents that are replaced by the framework.  As the guidance within the NPPF is contained within 49 pages, the document does not go in to the detail of the previous government guidance.

Noise Insulation (Railways and Other Guided Transport Systems) Regulations 1996

These Regulations document the procedures to be used to assess the requirement to provide noise insulation to residential properties adjacent to new and altered railway or tram schemes. The Regulations provide criteria for overall noise levels, the contribution from traffic on the new or altered railway and a distance cut off of 300m. The Regulations also contain a power to enable noise insulation to properties as a result of construction noise from highway schemes.

Robust Details

The Robust Details Certification Scheme is a compliance scheme for sound insulation performance of walls and floors in new-build houses and apartments. The scheme certifies that certain constructions are capable of being used as an alternative to sound insulation testing, to demonstrate compliance with the requirements of Approved Document E.

Noise Insulation Regulations 1975 (as amended 1988)

These Regulations document the procedures to be used to assess the requirement to provide noise insulation to residential properties adjacent to new and altered highway schemes. The Regulations provide criteria for overall noise levels, the contribution from traffic on the new or altered highway, a distance cut off of 300m, and they only apply to roads built or altered since October 1969. The Regulations also contain a power to enable noise insulation to properties as a result of construction noise from highway schemes.

TAN 11

TAN 11 is the current Welsh government guidance on general noise and planning policy. It was produced by the then Department of the Environment (Now DEFRA) in October 1997 and replaced Welsh Office circular 16/73. The document talks about general principles in relation to noise and planning, and provides general guidance on both noise sensitive and noise generative developments, including draft planning conditions dealing with noise. The main detailed guidance provided in TAN 11 is the Noise Exposure Categories for new residential developments.

Planning Practice Guidance : Minerals

This document was published in March 2012 and provides detailed technical guidance on noise from minerals workings. Noise issues are covered in Section 4 of the document. This section of the document discusses noise emissions from mineral workings, the procedures that should be adopted to assess and control noise, and provides detailed guidance on noise criteria.

British Standard 4142

British Standard 4142 Methods for rating and assessing industrial and commercial sound

The 2014 version of British Standard 4142 (BS 4142) contains the commonly accepted method of assessing and rating noise impact from industrial and commercial developments on noise sensitive properties. The standard can be used to investigate complaints, assess proposals for new industrial and commercial developments and new residential developments adjacent to existing industrial and commercial uses.

World Health Organisation Guidelines For Community Noise

The current World Health Organisation (WHO) Guidelines For Community Noise were published in 1999. The guidelines deal with all aspects of environmental noise impact, and provide guideline values for community noise in specific environments. Most of the noise guidelines are given as period LAeq values, although LAmax values are given for some noise environments.

British Standard 5228: Code of practice for noise and vibration control on construction and open sites

BS 5228 is divided in to two parts.

Part 1 that deals with noise and Part 2 that deals with vibration. Part 1 provides basic information on the prediction and measurement of noise from construction sites and operations such as mines and quarries. Methods of assessment are included as well as review of relevant legislation. A database of noise levels for a wide range of equipment is provided also. This data was obtained by Hepworth Acoustics working on a research contract for Defra.

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