Friday, 19 August 2016

New guide to acoustic seals: everything you need to know about the impact of the Building Regulations

A free guide to specifying acoustic seals on door assemblies and doorsets has been launched by the Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI). 

The demands of the various Approved Documents of the Building Regulations in England are placing an increasing burden on the specification of doors. Regulations now stipulate that they need to be acoustically rated in addition to being fire and smoke rated.

The GAI Guide to Acoustic Seals provides details on how acoustic seals will be affected by Approved Documents E and M of the Building Regulations for England which focus on resistance to the passage of sound, and access to and use of buildings, respectively.

The guide simplifies the main elements that specifiers should consider in order to meet requirements.

It covers a range of topics including how related test reports should be interpreted, the required standard for test procedures on door acoustics and what makes a good acoustic door.

The guide also gives comprehensive information on how to achieve the highest acoustic rating possible on a standard door, fitting a glazing panel into a door which must provide acoustic performance and putting letter plates into fire rated doors.

Douglas Masterson, GAI technical manager and author of the guide, said: 
“It is the responsibility of the specifier to look for existing proven solutions to meet, and exceed, requirements of the Building Regulations. 
“With this in mind, the GAI has put this guide together to help our members navigate their way through the demands of the legislation and standards which govern our industry.” 
The guide has been sponsored by Lorient and is available for member companies to download from the member’s area of the GAI website.

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