3.9.2 Ensuring new flooring compliance | Owners Corporation Network

3.9.2 Ensuring new flooring compliance

How does one adequately assess whether the hard floor surface you intend to lay will not cause a disturbance?

The Building Code of Australia (BCA) sets a standard for impact noise transmission not greater than (Ln,w + CI = 62dB). This is a measure of the noise produced by the hard floor surface. Therefore, the first thing you should do is to request written confirmation from your supplier (together with a copy of a laboratory certificate) confirming that your hard floor surface will meet that standard.

Even if the hard floor surface meets that standard, this does not automatically mean that you will comply with a by-law because there is a minimum standard that may not be sufficient for your class of building. The BCA acoustic standard is recognised as the minimum standard however noise at that level may prove unacceptable for adjacent residents and therefore unsatisfactory for use by your strata plan as a baseline for installations.