FAQs - acoustic testing of building products

Frequently asked questions relating to acoustic testing of building products in laboratories.


1. What products are tested by Exova's acoustic products testing?

We offer UKAS accredited testing to BS EN ISO 10140 standards for...
Exova offers UKAS accredited testing to BS EN ISO 10140 standards for:
  • doorsets (of any material)
  • windows (of any material)
  • glazing systems
  • penetration and linear joint seals
  • door seals
  • single leaf partition systems

2. What size and configuration of product is required for the test?

As guidance, the door or window should generally be of the largest...
As guidance, the door or window should generally be of the largest size that the manufacturer wishes the test evidence to cover. A rule of thumb is that if all other details are identical a larger door or window will generally be more vulnerable than a smaller one. However this may be worth discussing with the laboratory to confirm the range of products you require can be covered by the program. This will ensure the minimum amount of testing will be required to cover your product range(s).

3. Can I watch my product(s) being tested?

Yes, and we encourage you to attend testing as a means of...
Yes, we encourage you to attend testing as a means of developing your understanding of the test and in the event of any failures or issues relating to the test to allow a fast and effective resolution of these issues. Due to client confidentiality, we cannot allow witnessing of product tests other than your own without written consent from the testing manufacturer.

4. What can I do if the acoustic test result is not good enough?

If the initial result of testing is not sufficient for your requirements...
If the initial result of testing is not sufficient for your requirements as the acoustic testing is non-destructive it is possible to review the results of testing with the Technical Officer running your test before adjusting or modifying the sample and repeating the test to identify the detail required to achieve your specification or identify an area of weakness to develop and improve.

5. What is required for CE marking of doors and windows?

This is explained separately in the CE marking for EN 14351 FAQs...
This is explained separately in the following CE marking for EN 14351 FAQs. However it is worth noting that acoustic performance is a characteristic which can be declared for external pedestrian doors and windows.

6. Can I use my supplier's test evidence for CE marking?

With CE marking, the cascade of test evidence is possible within...
With CE marking, the cascade of test evidence is possible within the rules of CE marking. If you are using a profile supplier’s evidence, they must satisfy themselves that you the fabricator is producing fully to their requirements.
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