Sound Insulation Testing has numerous names which are used interchangeably within construction. The most common names in circulation include: sound testing, sound proof testing, noise testing, acoustic testing, and pre-completion testing. In principle all these names mean the same thing: Sound Insulation Testing and corresponds to particular procedures of testing and standards detailed in multiple areas of legislation. For most (even professionals), this can be very confusing especially when asked by a Building Control Officer to provide certification that the construction meets the required standards.
Building Regulations Approved Document E refers to attached dwellings, flats or rooms-for-residential use. These can be new or converted dwellings in England and Wales but have different standards for testing. Pre-Completion Testing is the normal route to show the level of soundproofing for a building. Sound Insulation Tests apply to each type of separating wall and floor in the building.