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BS 8233:2014

Guidance on sound insulation and noise reduction for buildings

Status : Current   Published : February 2014



BS 8233:2014 Guidance on sound insulation and noise reduction for buildings

What is BS 8233?

BS 8233 provides guidance for the control of noise in and around buildings. It applies to the design of new buildings, or refurbished buildings undergoing a change of use, but does not provide guidance on assessing the effects of changes in the external noise levels to occupants of an existing building.

BS 8233 draws on the results of research and experience to provide information on the design of buildings that have internal acoustic environments appropriate to their functions. It deals with control of noise from outside the building, noise from plant and services within it, and room acoustics for non-critical situations. This document is for use by non-specialist designers and constructors of buildings and those concerned with building control, planning and environmental health.

What’s changed in this version of BS 8233?

This is a full revision of the standard. The main changes have been made to reflect:

  • Changes to the legislative framework since publication of the 1999 edition
  • Revisions to Building Regulations Approved Document E
  • The publication of specialist documents for specific sectors, such as healthcare and education
  • The publication in England of the National Planning Policy Framework in March 2012, with the concurrent withdrawal of numerous individual planning guidance and policy statement documents, including those specifically relating to noise
  • A reappraisal of the tabular content with respect to setting targets for various classes of living space in the light of research findings
  • The need to transfer some of the more detailed information from the main text to annexes.

This British Standard replaces BS 8233:1999, which is now withdrawn.

Why was BS 8233 produced?

All previous guidance from the government about the planning system has been superseded. This includes Planning Policy Guidance (PPG) 24 which helped planners take noise into account when making decisions about whether to grant planning permission. This means that both those who are seeking permission and those who are charged with granting permission now have no source of guidance about what levels of noise should be considered to be acceptable in different types of environments.

In the absence of the guidance documents and statements about the Planning Policy Framework which used to be issued by the government, the standard is the only comprehensive source of information which both constructors and planners can use to guide their decision-making.

Who should use BS 8233?

  • Regulatory and planning authorities
  • Architects and developers
  • Acoustic and environmental consultants
  • Relevant governmental and non-governmental agencies
  • Manufacturers of related products

Contents of BS 8233:

1 Scope
2 Normative references
3 Terms, definitions and symbols
4 Measuring equipment and accuracy
5 Planning and design
6 External noise sources
7 Specific types of building
8 Sound insulation in a building
9 Noise from building services
List of figures
List of tables

Standard NumberBS 8233:2014
TitleGuidance on sound insulation and noise reduction for buildings
Publication Date28 February 2014
Cross ReferencesBS 4142, BS 5502-32, BS EN 20354, BS EN 60942, BS EN 61672-1, BS EN 61672-2, BS EN ISO 140, BS EN ISO 140-4, BS EN ISO 140-7, BS EN ISO 10140-1, BS EN ISO 10140-2, BS EN ISO 10140-3, BS EN ISO 10140-4, BS EN ISO 10140-5, BS 5228-1:2009, BS 5839-8, BS 6262, BS 7445, BS EN 1793-3, BS EN 12354, BS EN 12354-3, BS EN 12354-6, BS EN 12758, BS EN 61400-11, BS EN ISO 140-5, BS EN ISO 717-1, BS EN ISO 717-2, BS EN ISO 3382-1, BS EN ISO 3382-2, BS EN ISO 3382-3, BS EN ISO 11654, BS EN ISO 14163, BS ISO 9568, ISO 9613-2, The Building Regulations 2010, The Environmental Noise Regulations (England) 2006, The Environmental Noise Regulations (Wales) 2006, The Environmental Noise Regulations (Scotland) 2006, Building Regulations 2010 (England and Wales), Building (Scotland) Regulations 2004, Building Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012, Building Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1994, The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005, Town and Country Planning (Assessment of Environmental, Effects) Regulations 2011, Control of Pollution Act 1974, Environmental Protection Act 1
ReplacesBS 8233:1999
Draft Superseded By13/30241578 DC
DescriptorsRailways, Acoustic waves, Office buildings, Partitions, Legislation, Noise control (acoustic), Domestic facilities, Noise (environmental), Air traffic, Educational facilities, Floors, Ratings, Traffic, Airborne sound insulation, Impact sound insulation, Roofs, Cinemas, Construction systems parts, Hotels, Buildings, Bibliography, Building sites, Walls, Roads, Assembly facilities, Sound intensity, Industrial facilities, Physical planning, Doors, Sound insulation, Ceilings, Mathematical calculations, Rooms, Structural design, Design, Windows, Air-conditioning systems
ISBN978 0 580 74378 8
File Size394 KB

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