Scottish Building Standards: Domestic: Section 5: Noise - A summary of the changes in 2010 edition (Version 1)

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The purpose of the standards in Section 5 is to limit the transmission of sound to a level that will not affect the health of occupants from sound transmission emanating from attached buildings and a differently occupied part of the same building. They also cover sound from within the same dwelling if occupants are in rooms used with the potential for sleeping where they would expect to have some degree of peace and quiet.

This Construction Briefing looks at how the 2010 edition of Scottish Building Standards: Domestic: Section 5: Noise has changed against the backdrop of a substantial increase in noise complaints in the last decade.

This sheet gives TRADA members a comprehensive list of the new technical requirements faced when complying with Scottish Section 5. It also offers guidance on how readers can achieve these standards by examining constructions which have already achieved the designated performance levels.



  • Key terms
  • Summary of amendments in 2010 edition
  • Scope of the Standard
    • Airborne sound
    • Impact sound
  • Technical requirements
    • Performance levels
  • Guidance on achieving the standards
    • Example constructions
  • Sound testing
    • Post-completion performance test levels
    • Remedial action following a test failure
  • Noise transmission between rooms
    • Design performance levels
    • Internal walls
    • Intermediate floors
    • Conversions
  • Home improvements

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