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How can an OC find out if there are different noise insulation requirements for units on different levels? An owner has replaced carpets in his 3 bedrooms and his combined sitting-dining room with floorboards without OC consent. Some owners have said they’ll approve this retrospectively IF and only if he can prove that he installed noise reducing material underneath the floorboards as per Australian Standard requirements.
He says that as his unit is on the first floor and is located over garages and not other units that no noise reduction materials are required under the floorboards. How can the OC obtain a copy of Australian Standards to check if he is right? Also would the local council be able to advise on this?
His unit shares common property walls with at least one other unit on the same level as his unit and a floor with the unit above his. Also there is a unit across the stairwell from his. He claims wrongly that noise only travels downwards, not upwards or across. Residents of 8 units in his stairwell say that when music is being played in his unit it can be heard in all other units in that stairwell and the unit he shares a CP wall with.
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