MuteBoard™ 3 Stud | Wall Soundproofing

For decoupling the structure to improve the airborne performance, this system is great for projects with limited room space but need high performance. For both homes and workplaces.

  • Airborne: Up to 50dB
  • Impact: Not Measured
  • £££
  • 85mm
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MuteBoard™ 3 Stud is a wall soundproofing solution that helps to not only provide substantial mass for the reduction of airborne noise, such as conversation, television and low levels of music, for example. But, as you mount it on a stud frame, the system will gain separation too. Separation is essential when intrusive noises, ones that are above background levels, are apparent. When there is low-frequency noise, this will travel as a form of vibration that will easily pass through directly fitted materials, no matter their mass, you need to 'decouple' or 'break off' from the surface you are treating, and potentially do the same for any other adjacent surface that is prone to Flanking Transmission. This system will help to tackle the most stubborn of household noises, and will also be an ideal solution in workplace environments that require more 'privacy-focused' spaces. MuteBoard 3 Stud also makes use of Acoustic Mineral Wool to be fit between the studs, at no less than 45kg per m3, and use of Isolation Strips around new timber or metal frames to separate it from adjacent surfaces that could be prone to causing Flanking Transmission.

 

 

  • Easy to install, a little background in DIY or joinery would be beneficial
  • Loss of space approximately 85mm (with using a 50mm stud frame and a 10mm isolation gap between the partition and stud frame)
  • Up to 50dB for airborne (where a higher number is desired)* (details are available on the 'System Performance' tab above).
  • Compliant with both Part E Building Regulations (England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland) and Building Standards Technical Handbook 2017 for Scotland for airborne and impact transmission. (details are available on the 'System Performance' tab above)..
  • Do not fix this system over Dot and Dab plasterboard.
  • Be sure to check for 'Flanking Transmission' in adjacent surfaces as these can affect acoustic performance.

 

Combining essential soundproofing materials.

 

  • MuteBoard™ 3 - 6mm PE crosslinked foam (closed cell) (provides a slender form of separation from timber to decouple)
  • MuteBoard™ 3 - a layer of 7.5kg per m2 Mass Loaded Vinyl (a high mass for reducing airborne sound)
  • MuteBoard™ 3 - Acoustic Plasterboard (dense Plasterboard option for reduction of airborne noise).
  • Acoustic Mineral Wool 45kg or 60kg per m3 - (essential for reducing resonance between studs, and to minimise sound 'flanking' into other rooms)
  • Isolation Strip P8 - is a deviated, rubbed crumber material to separate from adjacent surfaces (to achieve the best performance against vibration from impact and low-frequency noise)

 

A Guide to Soundproofing a Wall

If you are new to soundproofing, or you are unsure which system to use for your needs, or any requirements, you can learn more thanks to our handy guide by clicking on the icon below. You can also pick up the phone to say 'hello' or leave us a message, and we will together find out how we can help you best - 01937 588 226!

 

 

 

How to Install

  • Isolate the stud framing using Isolation Strips
  • Acoustic Mineral Wool between stud work (thickness will depend on the stud frame) allow for a 10mm air gap on either side - DO NOT COMPRESS
  • 9 x 5mm x 60mm wood screw fixings into each MuteBoard™ 3 into stud work leaving a 2-5mm gap from adjacent walls, floor and ceiling
  • Fix MuteBoard™ 3 with tapered edge vertically
  • Fill all gaps with Acoustic Sealant
     

 

Alternatively, we provide Acoustic Installation across the UK to fit all of our systems - they come with a wealth of experience in the field so you can feel comfortable that the right installation methods are being carried out.

 

Contact us | 01937 588 226
 

All of our systems contain a high level of mass. If there are any structural concerns, you will want to consult a Structural Engineer to discuss your requirements.

*Our Typical Performance Results and Noise Reduction Guidance are provided to indicate the results that have been achieved in previous tests but are not guaranteed to a specific site as multiple factors can affect this.

We endeavour to display the most up to date testing and to manage expectation as best as possible. Please do contact us to discuss your requirements.

Noise Reduction Guidance*

  • Raised conversation
  • Muffled TV and standard radio noise
  • Light music noise

 

Compliance with Part E Building Regulations and Scottish Building Regulations

 

  • When installed under the correct guidance this system is compliant with the required acoustic values for airborne transmission featured in Part E Building Regulations; these are applicable across the UK, excluding Scotland (England, Wales, Northern Ireland) and the Republic of Ireland. We would advise conducting a Sound Test to survey any planned conversions in existing properties prior to concluding on an Acoustic System.
     
  • It is also compliant with the required acoustic values for airborne transmission featured in the Building Standards Technical Handbook 2017 for Scotland, we would advise conducting a Sound Test to survey any planned conversions in existing properties prior to concluding on an Acoustic System, Scottish Building Regulations contain higher targets than that of Part E, our Legal Requirements section has the required acoustic values.
     

  • For additional guidelines and requirements for non-residential buildings; for example: Gyms, Nightclubs and Industrial focused purposes, please do contact us so we can discuss your available options

With an expanding urban population, we find a housing stock of existing builds unable to cope and new builds that meet the Part E Building Regulations, which are still only a minimum target to where everyday sounds can still be heard - and this for some can lead to neighbour conflicts even without excessive noise issues. For any builds or conversions made before 2003, they would offer very little soundproofing on frequency occasions for there were no set acoustic regulations before this time, and if you find yourself in one of these properties there are noises often heard clearly. MuteBoard™ 3 Stud is a high performing system against a range of noises that go from clear conversation to mounted televisions that are taken down significantly to background noise levels, helping to reduce neighbour noise.

The use of MuteBoard™ 3 on stud framework ranges from the purpose of creating vocal booths to using in medical rooms that require an increased acoustic privacy to reduce sensitive information being overheard, which can be a stressful trigger to those who need assistance. Workplace environments can often be somewhat noisy, and to help improve productivity in areas that are noise sensitive MuteBoard™ 3 Stud can be applied to remove clear noise issues to a more satisfactory level. Industrial builds also require soundproofing, especially when quieter office facilities are close to noisy machinery or appliances.

Part E Building Regulations is a requirement for all new conversions and new builds, unless there is a scenario to where any particular circumstance exempt you from requiring to (where you will want to speak your Building Control or Council Officer) such as listed building status - you will need to have your building project pass each target. MuteBoard™ 3 Stud is suitable for the passing of Part E Building Regulations in both conversion and new build projects, one thing to consider is the flanking paths in which sound will move for it won't be a single trajectory through the partition wall. Adequate soundproofing will need to be applied to adjacent walls, and cavities through flooring and ceiling areas also treated in timber constructions.

With timber frameworks we would recommend the installation of a 46mm stud as a minimum, the significant weight of MuteBoard™ 3 would be more than standard plasterboard, and with the inclusion of high-density Acoustic Mineral Wool, anything less may not be structurally sound. Stud frames will also benefit from the use of our Isolation Strip to provide decoupling from the surrounding surfaces, helping to reduce immediate vibration transfer. With additional soundproofing on the other side, a 75mm frame would be best sought after. Remember to fix the frame away from the partition wall so that there is an isolation gap of at least 10mm to reduce transfer from the partition wall.

Depending on the thickness of the stud frame this will determine the overall thickness that can be installed into the cavity. The rule is to make sure there is at least an air gap of 10mm on either side, the two sides concern the backing of MuteBoard™ 3 and the brick or block wall, so if a stud frame is 50mm in thickness a 50mm may apply given the isolation gap from the wall or a 30mm to be safe. 100mm framework would be sufficient with a 75mm Acoustic Mineral Wool if the isolation gap is less than 10mm.