We provide acoustic design guidance for buildings to a wide range of projects and applications, including residential developments, schools, hospitals, industrial and commercial projects. Implementing the correct acoustic design in buildings at the planning stage not only ensures that the acoustic requirements are met from the initial stages of the project but helps avoid any unnecessary costs through delays or remedial work being required, later on.

Commissioning acoustic design guidance at the early stages of a project, or as part of planned refurbishment works, also reduces the risk of not complying with The National Planning Policy Framework and planning authorities.

Benefits for guidance with acoustic design in buildings:

– Complying with various design guides and briefs such as Approved Document E and BB93
– Suitable partition types and builds to suit required performance levels between areas
– Reverberation issues and suitable solutions
– Identifying and treating noisy machinery or plant
– Complying with legislation such as Noise at Work Act

Acoustic design guidance may be required on a single space or area, such as a village hall, or on a major project such as the construction of a new school.

Acoustic Design Guidance

What is good acoustic design?

To provide the best advice and guidance we first need to understand the scope of work required.  We start by looking at the specific acoustic requirements are and the sound levels expected to be met based on the use of the building once completed and occupied. Whilst most developments are required to meet the appropriate standards expected through the Building Regulations 2004, the space may need to meet additional sound criteria to provide the acoustical environment expected.
For example a classroom may have a pre-requisite for speech intelligibility whereas a doctors consulting room would need to ensure privacy as the key factor in design.

This means that we not only look at the use of the room but how it is constructed to meet the existing noise levels that can affect performance.
– High levels of existing environmental noise may dictate the type (and design) of building envelope used, glazing or doors.
– Ventilation and overheating needs to be considered as opening as window may not be appropriate.
– Plant and machinery noise may have an adverse affect.
– A space may need to be isolated from another to avoid noise or vibration being transmitted through the structure.

Once we have taken the information and applied the relevant guidance requirements the final acoustic design advice is presented in a report format that can then be used to form your own specification and acoustic design requirements for your project. The final report may also include acoustic modelling or noise mapping, if required, to support the findings within the report.

Typical examples of guidance used

We use guidance that has been published by the Government and other professional bodies, based on research and experience. Such publications and guidelines include:
– Approved Document E: Resistance to the passage of sound
– BB93: Acoustic Design of Schools
– HTM08-01: Health Technical Memorandum 08-01: Acoustics
– Noise at Work Act 2005

Typical Sectors

Guidance can be provided in all sectors with acoustic requirements particularly educationresidentialhealthcare and industrial among many others.

Need further details on how we can assist with acoustic design?

From site surveys and testing through to calculations and modelling we can help with all your design and specification requirements.