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
MuteBoard™ 4 Stud is a high performing wall soundproofing system that seeks to either install MuteBoard™ to an existing isolated stud frame, or the structuring of a new frame in front of a partition, commonly brick or block. Where your project can allow for additional losses of 'space', MuteBoard™ 4 Stud will help to maintain this high performance for reducing raised airborne noise issues, ones that direct fitted solutions or standard plasterboard or acoustic plasterboard will not be sufficient in reducing, examples listed on our 'System Performance' tab above. This system also includes 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 may be prone to causing Flanking Transmission. It is all these materials combined that make it ideal for 'future-proofing', or for a soundproofing specification for noise issues found in homes and workplaces.
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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.
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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
When neighbour noise is apparent every day it can lead to a stressful situation for some, often turning in to sleep deprivation which can, in turn, affect your health - and in some cases, conflicts between neighbours. Part E Building Regulations was introduced in 2003 and meant that all new builds and conversions would need to adhere to values featured for both airborne and impact noise in single dwellings and separate dwellings. Part E is not a perfect target for even when met, sound can still be heard through each partition, and for those who are sensitive to sound and those who want to have the most peaceful living environment possible would need to improve their soundproofing. MuteBoard™ 4 Stud offers separation that helps to improve on the acoustic performance of the wall by a significant amount, in some cases beyond 10dB which is a halving of the noise as an average. If you have not the space to use our MuteClip® Stud systems, MuteBoard™ 4 on stud framing will provide a considerable reduction.
The adverse effects that noise has on the workplace are more impactful than you think, they can hinder productivity and concentration by notable amounts and is generally a common source of complaints that are received against workflow - we have written a detailed blog entry on these effects and the importance of office soundproofing. MuteBoard™ 4 Stud offers a high degree of separation from the independent framework, high-density Acoustic Mineral Wool installed to treat the air gap and then finished with MuteBoard™ 4, an incredibly dense material comprised of limp mass and solid mass for the best reduction of sound. For when acoustic privacy in quiet environments is a must in doctors surgeries, human resource departments in the conducting of interviews or even gym wellness areas - we would make use of MuteBoard™ 4 Stud to reduce sound transmission between spaces so that workflow can be at its best.
Part E Building Regulations are required 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™ 4 Stud installed as full is perfectly capable of exceeding building regulations - but you will want to make sure this is installed in conjunction with adequate soundproofing on its adjacent surfaces to prevent the failure of an acoustic test through flanking transmission.
Depending on the age and thickness of the stud frame, this will often determine whether it can support the additional weight of MuteBoard™ 4. Timber and metal frameworks less than the 75mm will require replacing or strengthening to support this extra weight; you will also need to consider the importance of the Acoustic Mineral Wool installed here. Structural engineers (if it is a large project) should be consulted during the large scale projects to consider the broader aspects of the structure when adding significant weight, local joiners with experience will also most likely be able to advise on smaller home projects. If there is any sign of damage such as cracking or bending - then we recommend replacing the frame. New 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.
Just as above, this all depends on the thickness of the stud frame, but the principle of applying Acoustic Mineral Wool to any cavity is to make sure you do not compress between two surfaces, these two surfaces, for instance, is between the two plasterboards on a stud frame. Forcing in acoustic insulation of 200mm into a 100mm cavity is not beneficial and will create an immediate path for the sound to travel through. Air gaps are helpful when coupled with an insulating material as it allows it to absorb noise found in the cavity. The rule here is to have at least a 10mm air gap on either side, so if the stud frame is 100mm in thickness, use a 75mm Acoustic Mineral Wool.