Good acoustic attenuation is provided by concrete and masonry walls surrounding basement rooms, by the earth itself, and the ground floor if it is built from concrete. Basement spaces are therefore inherently well insulated for sound and ideal for locating noisy activities such as music practice, home cinemas or other loud equipment that could disturb neighbours or the rest of the house.
Conversely, the quiet nature of the space provides a peaceful place for reading, relaxing or working; away from ground-level noise, in and outside of the home.
Please refer to Part E (Resistance to the passage of sound) of our building regulations guide for further information. All information correct as of 2015 amendments.