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Approved Document E

The first set of national building standards was introduced in 1965. Now known as the building regulations, they set out:

The 'approved documents' provide guidance for how the building regulations can be satisfied in common building situations. There is no obligation to adopt the solutions presented in the approved documents, the building regulations can be satisfied in other ways.

Approved Document E: Resistance to the passage of sound, was last published in 2015.

It deals with requirements for sound insulation in buildings, including both new dwellings and the conversion of buildings to form dwellings. It covers sound reduction between rooms for residential purposes and designated rooms in dwellings, and acoustic conditions for common areas in flats and schools.

The content of the Approved Document includes:

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