Acoustic Associates Sussex Ltd

Noise and vibration problem solutions for education sector - University / Academia / Research

Good acoustics is an important aspect of designing buildings for education, poor acoustics have a detrimental effect on the learning environment. The “Essex Study”

  • Noise intrusion from outside
  • Noise transmission between rooms
  • Reverberation of rooms and other spaces
  • Special requirements for specific rooms such as drama, assembly an sports spaces.

Since the implementation of the 2003 Edition of Approved Document E of the Building Regulations, Requirement E4 from Part E has required that:

“Each room or other space in a school building shall be designed and constructed in such a way that it has the acoustic conditions and the insulation against disturbance by noise appropriate to its intended use.”

The previous guidance for school acoustics was BB93 which has now been withdrawn. We can do assessments to BB93 where required or the more recent guidance of “Acoustic – Performance Standards for the Priority Schools Building Programme” where appropriate.

At Acoustic Associates, we have considerable experience in assisting design teams to ensure that appropriate acoustic conditions are achieved in schools and any educational facilities.

This involves (depending upon the project):

  • Ambient noise surveys
  • Design of the building envelope, including glazing
  • Advising on ventilation and building services
  • Sound insulation between teaching spaces
  • Reverberation control within teaching spaces
  • Speech intelligibility

We are often approached about solving existing problems in:

  • Sound insulation issues
  • Room acoustics (excessive reverberation & poor speech intelligibility)
  • Building services (ventilation noise - self-generated and transference of noise from one room to another)
  • Rain noise and external ‘break-in’ sounds
  • Impact on surrounding areas (‘break-out’)