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Big Brother's big noise problem


Sir, Some might see Part E as just another complex addition to the Building Regulations, but recent Big Brother episodes on Channel 4 have brought the issue of acoustics home to more than the just the house mates.

Public criticism of the shambles that was made of acoustically insulating the 'secret house' has led to speculation that the show may not make it through to an eighth series.

Simply taking into account actual noise levels rather than standard acoustic performance would have made it clear that the handing and stacking of the houses was not correct.

The reality is that sites pass Part E testing but fail to keep the house next door quiet.

So what is the moral of the story? Don't just meet minimum Part E standards - aim to exceed them.

David Holder Director CMS Acoustic Solutions Warrington