Links to a selection of useful documents are provided below. WBM is always happy to provide assistance with these or any other acoustic guidance documents.
WBM accepts no responsibility for, nor endorses the content of, the documents listed. The links are provided only as a useful resource for visitors to our site.
WBM Client Charter and Credentials
We know that the most important asset we possess is the relationship with our clients, and our Client Charter & Credentials document sets out the importance of these relationships. A copy of our Client Charter can be downloaded here.
Approved Document E 2003 Resistance to the passage of sound
This is Part E of the Building Regulations 2010, which relates to sound insulation and acoustics within houses, flats, rooms for residential purposes and acoustic conditions within schools. An online version of Approved Document E 2003 (incorporating 2004 & 2010 amendments) is available at the following link.
BRE Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM)
BREEAM is an environmental assessment method for buildings with standard schemes available for a variety of developments including courts, healthcare, industrial, prison, office, retail and educational developments. Bespoke assessment schemes are also available for other types of buildings (e.g. leisure complexes).
Building Bulletin 93: Acoustic design of schools- performance standards
Acoustic conditions within schools are covered by the Building Regulations 2010 as Requirement E4. Building Bulletin 93: Acoustic design of schools- performance standards (BB93) 2014 sets out the acoustic requirements of school buildings, and describes the normal means of demonstrating compliance with Requirement E4. BB93 also gives guidance on how to meet the acoustic requirements of the School Premises Regulations (2012) and the Independent School Standards (2013). An online version of BB93 2014 (amended 2015) is available at the following link.
Note that the previous 2003 version of BB93 may be relevant for some assessments, in which case please contact WBM for assistance.
Code for Sustainable Homes
The Code for Sustainable Homes was an environmental assessment method for rating and certifying the performance of new homes, which was withdrawn in April 2015, although may be applicable for legacy cases. For more information please contact WBM.
Court Standards and Design Guide
The Court Standards and Design Guide (CSDG) 2010 edition provides comprehensive guidance for designing court buildings. Although noise is mentioned throughout the document, Section 28 sub-sections 29, 30 and 31 are particularly relevant to acoustics. If you have a project relating to the CSDG please contact WBM for assistance.
Health Technical Memorandum 08-01: Acoustics
This Department of Health guidance document (HTM 08-01) sets out acoustic criteria for the design and management of new healthcare facilities. An online version of HTM 08-01 2013 is available at the following link.
National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF)
The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) was published in March 2012 and sets out the Government’s planning policies for England. The NPPF revoked and replaced a number of planning documents, including Planning Policy Guidance 24: Planning and Noise (PPG24) and Minerals Policy Statement 2 (MPS 2).
The NPPF contains various aims, including that noise from a new development should avoid giving rise to significant adverse impacts on health and quality of life, and that other adverse impacts should be mitigated and reduced to a minimum including through the use of conditions. An online version of the document is available at the following link.
Planning practice guidance to support the framework with regard to noise is available here:
Noise Emissions from Minerals Extraction
Guidance on noise emissions from minerals extraction sites is available in paragraphs 019-022 of the Planning Practice Guidance “Assessing environmental impacts from minerals extraction”, see the following link:
Planning Policy Guidance 24 (PPG 24) Planning and Noise
This document was replaced by the NPPF in March 2012. Although it has been replaced, there may be instances where an assessment using PPG 24 is required, in which case please contact WBM for assistance. PPG 24 guides local authorities in England on the use of their planning powers to minimise the adverse impact of noise. It outlines the considerations to be taken into account in determining planning applications both for noise-sensitive developments and for those activities which generate noise.
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