Air Conditioning Noise Surveys and Noise Assessments in London
A planning application for a small domestic air conditioning unit can often throw up the requirement for a noise assessment. A noise survey and noise modelling is necessary to ensure that neighbouring properties won’t be significantly affected.
The requirements for the noise assessment can vary significantly from borough to borough in the London area!
Air Con and ASHP Noise Assessments in London
As experts in domestic air conditioning noise, we have years of experience conducting noise surveys and noise impact assessments for air con and air source heat pump units across London
We provide a nationwide service, conducting noise surveys to support planning applications and planning conditions.
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Why are Air Conditioning Noise Assessments required in London?
Air conditioning noise assessments are usually required to support a planning application with new air conditioning plant in residential as well as commercial settings – or assess whether a statutory noise nuisance is occurring from an existing air conditioning unit. This can range from small domestic units through to large commercial/industrial facilities with an array of external air conditioning plant.
The purpose of the noise assessment is to ensure that neighbouring properties are not adversely impacted by noise, and avoid ‘noise creep’. After all, if everyone were to install air con or air source heat pump plant, the combined noise would be pretty high!
The requirements for a noise assessment can vary from one local borough to the next in London.
Most authorities will require a full BS4142 assessment – involving a ‘baseline noise survey’ conducted at the property over several days. The noise emissions from the AC unit are then assessed against a ‘representative background sound level’ determined from the noise survey.
The most onerous target is 10 dB below the background sound level, used in boroughs such as Kensingston and Chelsea (RBKC), Westminster, and Greenwich.
Comparatively, councils such as Lewisham set a target of 5 dB below. As a rule of thumb, the more central in London, the more onerous the targets.
However, some authorities will set fixed air con noise limits outside neighbouring windows – a condition which can be discharged by a desktop report using a 3D noise model to predict noise emissions. Richmond Council set a desktop assessment method with a limit of 45 dB (day) and 35 dB (night) outside of neighbouring windows.
Haringey Council work to MCS Planning Standards (MCS 020) which stipulate that “noise levels for an air source heat pump on its own must stay at or below 42 decibels (dB) from a metre distance away from any habitable room”
Typical Plant Noise Planning Conditions
Typical A/C and ASHP Plant Noise Assessment
Background Sound Level Measurements
A trip to site to measured baseline noise levels from a few hours to a few days - before the air source heat pump is installed, or if a retrospective application, with the AC plant turned off.
Noise Predictions of noise emissions from the ASHP/AC Condenser
We will produce calculations or even a 3D noise model (at no extra cost) to predict the plant noise emissions at nearby residential windows.
Analysis of Noise Impact
The predicted plant noise emissions are assessed against the background noise level in accordance with BS 4142:2014 - or a fixed level if stipulated in the planning condition/consultation from the Environmental Health Officer.
Noise Mitigation Recommendations
If predicted noise emissions from A/C plant is too high, we'll tell you how to deal with it. This may relocation of the condenser from windows, an acoustic enclosure around large ASHPs, an acoustic barrier, or a different condenser.
Robust Noise Assessment Reports
Our noise assessments are highly detailed, but also structured in a way which is easy to follow. Our reports tell a clear story which instills confidence with the Environmental Health Officer (EHO) at the local council.
Our Approach to Air Con Noise Assessments
First of all, we need to determine the local planning authorities requirements. This impacts on whether site visits are required to conduct a baseline noise survey are required, or whether a cheaper desktop noise assessment will do the job.
Secondly, if a baseline noise survey is required, we take a look at other planning applications in the area. Sometimes a similar application may have occured at a neighbouring property, from which a baseline noise survey may have been done and therefore we can reuse data to make our assessment cheaper!
Thirdly, we will do an initial desktop review – if we think the AC plant is going to be noisy and is unlikely to meet criteria, we will be upfront about this before progressing with the assessment, so our clients can fully understand additional costs they may have to fork out for mitigation, before paying for our services.
Finally, if we progress with the assessment, then we can usually turn these around within 1 – 2 weeks. Give us a call, if we have equipment free, we could be at site the next day.
ParkerJones Acoustics are adept at providing plant noise assessments in accordance with BS 4142:2014. In fact, we have found that many Councils have pointed new applicants to our reports as an example to follow! If you’d like to see one of our noise assessment reports then just get in touch and we’ll send you an example.
Our noise consultants work on projects across the nation, including cities such as London, Birmingham, Manchester, Bristol, Nottingham, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Swansea.
Give ParkerJones Acoustics a call, where you’ll get a fair and honest evaluation at a competitive price, wherever you need an air conditioning noise assessment.
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