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Building Regulations Part ‘E’

April 16th, 2012

The government introduced new legislation (Building Regulations Part ‘E’), which came into effect on July 1st 2003 for refurbishment and July 1st 2004 for new build.

These Regulations require that new dwellings and schools are constructed to achieve certain acoustic standards. This Building Regulation now applies to any kind of residential building, including houses, flats; and other dwellings such as students and nurses accommodation, nursing homes, hostels  and hotels. . It also applies to properties that have been renovated or converted as a result of an alteration or change of use.

The aim of the regulation is to protect residents from the noise of activities in other rooms or adjoining properties and to combat the problems of noise pollution, which has been highlighted as a major cause of tension between residents.