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Proposed Amendment to Part E (Sound) of the Building Regulations

The Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Phil Hogan, T.D., has published the draft Building Regulations (Part E Amendment) Regulations 2014 and the associated draft Technical Guidance Document E – Sound (2014) for public consultation.

The consultation documents may be accessed at the links set out below: -

The key objectives for the review to Part E of the Building Regulations are:

(a) to extend the scope of the existing requirement to ensure that reasonable resistance to sound is provided where walls and floors separate any part of a dwelling from other parts of the same building;

(b) to extend the scope of the existing requirement to include parts of a building used occasionally for the inspection, maintenance or repair of the building, or its services, fixed plant or machinery;

(c) to control the level of unwanted sound in the common areas of apartment blocks; and

(d) to clarify that the regulations apply to an existing building or part of a building which undergoes a material change of use to a dwelling.

In advance of finalising the draft regulations / technical guidance, comments are invited from stakeholders, local authorities, members of the public and other interested parties.  Submissions and comments on the draft regulations / draft technical guidance should be forwarded, in writing or by email, on the template provided to the address indicated below: -

Ms. Claire Darragh
Architecture / Building Standards
Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government
Custom House
Dublin 1
Tel: (01) 888 2893

Template for Submissions – Public Consultation (Part E of the Building Regulations) (xls, 33kb)

The closing date for the receipt of submissions and comments is no later than 12:00 noon on Friday, 14th February 2014.

Please note that all submissions and comments submitted to the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government under this public consultation are subject to release under the Freedom of Information Acts 1997 and 2003.


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