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Acoustics testing service

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BRE has world-class laboratory facilities for acoustic research and testing. We provide testing services for the built environment, including sound insulation testing of partitions, doors, windows, downlights as well as sound power emission of mechanical and electrical products.

Acoustics Details

In our dedicated UKAS accredited testing laboratories (0578) we offer a wide range of acoustic services including UKAS accredited sound insulation testing of a wide variety of construction and building products to the BS EN ISO 10140 series of standards.

Doors, walls, floors, and other building products, such as socket pads and windows, are some of the most important safety features in a building. Demonstrating the overall effectiveness of these products, including their sound insulation (which is how much a construction or product reduces sound transmission), is essential for ensuring compliance with project specific requirements.

BRE can independently test sound insulation in accordance with the BS EN ISO 10140 series of standards, a suite of international standards that provides a globally recognised approach to measuring sound insulation.

Testing to these standards supports product development and improvement, enabling manufacturers to meet market demands for better sound insulation in building products.

What we test


What we test

Our multi-function, UKAS accredited (Lab No 0578) sound transmission suites determine the sound insulation performance of many construction products including walls, partitions, windows, doors, trickle ventilators, floor constructions and downlights (in accordance with Robust Details Appendix F).

We can measure the sound power emission of mechanical and electrical (M&E) products such as mechanical ventilation with heat recovery (MVHR), fans (inlet, outlet, casing radiated) and air source heat pumps within the BRE environmental chambers.

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Sound transmission suites

BRE’s UKAS accredited sound transmission suites benefit from large access doors and overhead cranes, both within the test suites and outside. The transmission suites also have the capability to pre-condition products, when required, and we are able to offer a wide range of standard sized openings in order to minimise construction costs.

Anechoic chamber

BRE’s anechoic chamber determines the sound output from the fire, smoke and CO alarms. The anechoic chamber may also be used for measuring the sound power of small, domestic appliances (typically up to 1m3) and also loudspeaker directivity. The chamber benefits from integrated uni-stru supports, permanent turntable support and wide access doors.

Bespoke experimental facilities

BRE also has a well established capability to develop experimental facilities and bespoke test set-ups to meet the specific requirements of customer testing and research.

Acoustic testing of “putty pads”

“Putty pads” and other proprietary switch and socket protection can be tested. This is in accordance with BS EN ISO 10140:2021 for Annex H of Robust Details Handbook and Approved Document E to the Building Regulations 2010.

Find out more about acoustic testing of putty pads

Recessed downlights testing

Recessed downlights testing

We carry out UKAS-accredited testing of recessed downlights to make sure that airtightness and sound insulation comply with Building Regulations.

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Recessed downlights testing

Get in touch

Get in touch

For more information on our expertise or for help with a specific issue, please call us on +443333218811 or use the online form.

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