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Masonry Wall

A lack of masonry wall soundproofing most often causes issues separating dwellings, allowing neighbour noise to pass through into different properties in domestic, commercial or industrial environments. This can cause issues with work, sleep, relaxation and general peace of mind at home or in the workplace. Due to this Part E of Building Regulations are in place to ensure any masonry wall soundproofing meets a minimum level of reduction. The team at iKoustic can help with enquiries relating to these regulations and offer a free consultation and design of a suitable system to help meet or exceed these requirements for new build properties or conversions. 

 

While the regulations are there to help set a minimum soundproofing for masonry walls, they are not set at a particularly high level and do not apply to all walls. Often these levels will need to be exceeded in order to provide a comfortable level of separation, whether there are very noisy neighbours or just day to day issues such as stairs, appliance or media noise.

 

There are multiple routes to take when soundproofing a masonry wall depending on a number of factors. The highest performing system would utilise the MuteClip Stud Double system, which is fixed to an independent stud frame. The MuteClip Double system can also be applied directly to the masonry wall, maintaining a high level of de-coupling and masonry soundproofing performance whilst saving the space a stud frame would require. For very tight spaces the MuteBoard systems can provide a good improvement on masonry sound transmission with a minimal build up added.

 

 The team at iKoustic is here to help, with a vast level of experience with all manor of project types and requirements a member of the team is always available to help from design and planning through to installation. Please contact the team with any questions or project enquires.

 

                             Acoustic Testing or Sound Testing

Acoustic Design         Installation             Sound Test

 

You'd think that with the weight of a brick or block wall, these would protect you against from noises transmitting through, disturbing your peace. But, this is not the case. A solid wall does not offer much 'flexibility' or 'resilience', and they are sometimes only a single brick thick between two properties. There could well be a single layer of plasterboard fixed or 'dot and dabbed' over the top. With the single layer offering little to no improvement and dot and dab sometimes worsening the noise, greater options need to be applied. Breezeblock is very porous and lightweight, so these can perform very poorly for soundproofing, especially if they have not been rendered. Our options range from our MuteBoard™, that are available in different thicknesses and airborne performances for spaces that offer space-conscious options. And our MuteClip®, a decoupling option that can support great weights for additional soundproofing while separating from the wall, covering both airborne and vibration noise.

 

Understanding Performance in System Summary

Our system summaries are based on guided figures of the highest demonstrable number for this has what has been achieved. If you are an architect, acoustic consultant or specifier you will find all of our test data relevant to that system under 'System Performance' and complete test data under 'Related PDFs' for comparing different scenarios.

 

If you are a homeowner looking to improve the soundproofing or your home, we have given subjective readings in our 'System Performance' too, and we are always looking at how to best represent the effectiveness of our systems so that you feel comfortable in your decision. Talking to our wonderful team with their wealth of experience will help you to clear up any uncertainties you have. We are Creating Quieter Spaces Together.

 

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Airborne Performance Reading | We have included an 'Up to *dB' rating supported by taking our test data and applying the correction, we have outlined these in details in our 'Guide to Understanding Acoustic Test Results'. But, if you are comparing systems, with a (-*number) you need to subtract this from the first number as like our example below.

 

DnT,w (C;Ctr) =56 (-2;-7) dB | = 'Up to 49dB'


Additional guidance for understanding system and performance. 

  • Systems are important to understand as a whole because they give the clearest picture. 'Soundproofing Products' are assembled and tested in a system, and this includes the partition, the wall in this case, with all its parts. A single product will almost never provide you with an additional "45 dB reduction" for airborne noise, and will almost certainly include the wall partition as a whole. 

 

 

Acoustic Design and Flanking Noise

We provide Acoustic Design at varying levels, and you can read more about how we provide this to all of our customers, whether you are a newcomer soundproofing their home, or an architect or specifier. A basic level of Acoustic Design is included in all of our projects, this is because every property will offer its uniqueness in passing sound, there is no definitive answer to any project. We know that makes it difficult, but we will help you get to the point of using the best system for soundproofing your brick or block wall while making sure focus is given to the smaller details. We will investigate with you!

 

If you are working on new build structures as an architect, acoustic consultant or a specifier, we provide 'Partition Designs' for brick and block walls to showcase potential acoustic performance values. We are able to look at the projected airborne performances of different thickness or course/layers of brick or block walls alongside air gaps then combine them with our wall soundproofing systems. We are also able to do this with existing builds when we have the previous structure design with the relevant information.

 

Acoustic Design requires a blend of the creative, scientific and practical approaches to solving the huge majority of issues found in soundproofing. An understanding of everything from neighbour noise to workplace disturbances with how noise affects every individual differently cannot be answered by simply adhering to regulations, they must be acknowledged together, whether that is with you, an individual or the workplace as a whole.

 

Flanking transmission or flanking noise is where sound takes an alternative path, which varies from room to room, and structure to structure - no two are alike! When open cavities great, small or adjacent to the area you are covering, for example, a stud frame adjacent to the wall you are looking at soundproofing that is left empty or untreated, this then becomes the weak point. We help to advise on these areas and provide options that range from installing Acoustic Mineral Wool between the studs to using varying wall and ceiling soundproofing systems to get it under control.

 

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MuteClip® Stud Double | Masonry Wall Soundproofing

Independent wall solution using both stud frame and MuteClip® for isolation. It is a high performing system that protects against raise airborne noise and vibration found in homes and workplaces.

  • Airborne: DnT,w + Ctr = 68dB
  • 74mm (from stud frame)
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MuteClip® Double | Masonry Wall Soundproofing

Our MuteClip® helps to decouple from the wall, and with this system, you will gain a high level of protection against airborne noise for the space lost, while also minimising vibration.

  • Airborne: 62 dB*
  • 74mm
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MuteClip® Single Plus | Masonry Wall Soundproofing

A wall soundproofing solution using our MuteClip® for decoupling, it provides protection against light vibration and muffled levels of airborne noise. For tightly fitted residences and workplaces.

  • Airborne: 56dB*
  • 59mm
More about MuteClip® Single Plus | Masonry Wall Soundproofing

MuteClip® Single | Masonry Wall Soundproofing

A wall soundproofing solution using our MuteClip® for decoupling, it provides protection against light vibration and muffled levels of airborne noise. For tightly fitted residences and workplaces.

  • Airborne: 54dB*
  • 55mm
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MuteBoard® 4 Stud | Masonry Wall Soundproofing

For decoupling the structure to increase airborne performance and to reducing vibration by introducing the use of an isolated stud frame. For homes and workplaces

  • Airborne: 52dB*
  • 27mm (excluding stud frame)
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MuteBoard® 2 Stud | Masonry Wall Soundproofing

For decoupling the structure to enhance airborne performance, this system is great for tight budget projects with limited room space. For both homes and workplaces.

  • Airborne: 48dB*
  • 18mm (excluding stud frame)
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MuteBoard® 3 Plus | Masonry Wall Soundproofing

Combining Tecsound and our MuteBoard® 3, this system is another option for direct fitting to brick and block walls. This upgrade is for addressing everyday noise issues in homes and workplaces.

  • Airborne: DnT,w + Ctr = 48dB
  • 29mm
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MuteBoard® 3 | Masonry Wall Soundproofing

A directly fitted wall solution for areas with restricted space. MuteBoard® 3 is an upgrade to MuteBoard® 2 and helps to address low level, everyday noises in homes and workplaces.

  • Airborne: 45dB*
  • 25mm
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