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Acoustic Resistance for Walls and Partitions

As with fire, there are considerable demands made upon architects and contractors to ensure buildings meet the necessary regulations in relation to soundproofing and acoustics. although Part E of the Building Regulations is the most commonly raised, it is far from the only benchmark.

Walls and Partitions for Fire Resistance
Euroform's Walls and Partitions for Fire and Acoustics

Fire-Resistant-LogosOur range of fire and sound resistant building boards for fires and partitions offer up to 240 minutes of fire resistance, 43 decibels of sound resistance with a partition thickness of as little as 82mm, depending upon the specific applicationThese boards are Euroform’s unique proprietary products. They are not distributed on anyone else’s behalf. As with all our products, Versafire, Versapanel and Magnaliner benefit from the full support of the Euroform Product’s technical team. Click on the links below for detailed information of each product or use our Product Selector, which you will find on the next tab along or by clicking here.

In order to make the selection or specification of the appropriate partition as easier as possible, we’ve created the Product Selector below. This provides all the information you’ll need — fire rating, decibel rating, partition thickness and relevant standards — to reach a decision. Just click on the appropriate product name on the right and you’ll be taken to a detailed breakdown of that product.

Steel Partitions
Fire
Rating
dB
Rating*
Partition
Thickness
AssessmentProduct
30 Min3482mmAssessed to BS746 Part 22Versafire
60 Min3788mmTested to BS746 Part 22Versafire
*Approximate independent assessment
Timber Partitions
Fire
Rating
dB
Rating*
Partition
Thickness
AssessmentProduct
30 Min3482mmAssessed to BS746 Part 22Versafire
60 Min3788mmAssessed to BS746 Part 22Versafire
*Approximate independent assessment

In order to make the selection or specification of the appropriate wall product as easier as possible, we’ve created the Product Selector below. This provides all the information you’ll need — fire rating, decibel rating, partition thickness and relevant standards — to reach a decision. Just click on the appropriate product name on the right and you’ll be taken to a detailed breakdown of that product.

External Steel Framed Load Bearing Wall
Fire
Rating
dB
Rating*
Partition
Thickness
AssessmentProduct
90 Min-209mmAssessed in accordance to EN 1365-1Versafire
*Approximate independent assessment
Metal Wall Non Load Bearing
Fire
Rating
dB
Rating*
Partition
Thickness
AssessmentProduct
60 Min43127mmAssessed to BS476 Part 22Versapanel
*Approximate independent assessment.
Timber Wall Non Load Bearing
Fire
Rating
dB
Rating*
Partition
Thickness
AssessmentProduct
60 Min43128mmAssessed to BS476 Part 22Versapanel
*Approximate independent assessment.

In order to make the selection or specification of the appropriate wall lining product as easier as possible, we’ve created the Product Selector below. This provides all the information you’ll need — fire rating, decibel rating, partition thickness and relevant standards — to reach a decision. Just click on the appropriate product name on the right and you’ll be taken to a detailed breakdown of that product.

External Metal Frame Walling System
Fire
Rating
dB
Rating*
Partition
Thickness
AssessmentProduct
120 Min-214.9mmAssessed in accordance to EN 1365-1Versafire
*Approximate independent assessment.

Planning Policy Guidance 24: Planning and Noised
This policy governs where residential properties may or may not be constructed, factoring in noise from the surrounding environment, such as traffic or light industry.

Part E of the Building Regulations (Resistance to the Passage of Sound)
This regulation governs the transmission of sound through separating walls and floors between domestic dwellings. The level of airborne and impact noise is measured in order to ascertain compliance.

BS 8233:1999 Sound Insulation and Noise Reduction for Buildings
This code of practice deals with acceptable levels of noise in and around a building, and requires a ‘Good’ or ‘Reasonable’ rating for compliance.

BB93 including Acoustic Performance Standards for the Priority Schools Building Programme and Technical Guidance Document TGD-021-5
These regulations govern acceptable levels of reverberation in schools and learning environments.

The Acoustics Technical Design Manual (superseding HTM 08-01)
This covers noise levels in healthcare environments.

Code for Sustainable Homes and BREEAM
Both award points for exceeding the requirements of Part E.

It is, however, worth noting that there isn’t really any equivalent to Part E for non-residential premises, and reverberation (echo, to the layman) is only really considered a factor in school and learning environments.

This doesn’t, of course, mean that anything goes when it comes to commercial and non-educational buildings. Architects and contractors are only too aware that they are not simply creating buildings, they are creating workplaces and so the nearest suitable standard tends to be called up as a de facto benchmark.

It is against these rigorous standards that partitions and walls must perform.