Architectural acoustic design is the science of noise control within buildings. At Miller Goodall Environmental Services (MGES), we understand the importance of good building acoustics.
The required acoustic performance of a building is driven by the need to meet specific performance criteria. These criteria are often set by the client or may be a result of legislative requirements, for example Building Regulations, or specifications imposed by Local Planning Authorities.
The MGES team includes four highly experienced acousticians. We have experience of working on a wide variety of projects, including schools and universities, healthcare facilities, offices and residential developments. We are independent consultants and are not aligned with any particular product, brand, manufacturer or contractorónor are we partial to any particular acoustic solutions. We work solely for you, to ensure the most viable, effective, efficient architectural acoustics solutions for your buildings.
The extent of acoustic treatment or acoustic soundproofing required for a particular building will depend on the function of that building, the building's location relative to the external environment, and the intended use of the spaces within it. However, broadly speaking, the aims of our acoustic design services are to control:
- Indoor ambient noise transmitted through the building envelope
- Sound transmission between internal spaces
- Noise within the room
- Building services noise.
Noise can be transmitted through the building exterior envelope to interior and vice versa. The main noise paths are roofs, eaves, walls, windows, door and penetrations. Sufficient acoustic treatment or acoustic design control ensures space functionality and is often required to meet particular standards, depending on the end use of the building or space.
Controlling noise transmission from one room or building space to another to ensure space functionality and speech privacy is also important. Typical sound paths are ceilings, room partitions, doors, windows, flanking transmission, ducting and other penetrations. The particular acoustic soundproofing techniques used will depend on the source of the noise and the path of acoustic transmission.
Control of noise within a room involves acoustic design of the room's surfaces based on sound absorbing and reflecting properties. Excessive reverberation time, for example, can lead to poor speech intelligibility, an issue that can be remedied by appropriate acoustic treatments
Building services noise control is the science of controlling noise produced by items such as air conditioning units, lifts, generators and compressors. Inadequate control of these sources can lead to elevated sound levels within the space, which can be annoying and reduce speech intelligibility. Typical acoustic design solutions may involve vibration isolation of mechanical equipment, and attenuators within ductwork.
So, there are numerous acoustic considerations that must be addressed during the architectural design stage, no matter what the final use of the building or the suggested construction method is to be. Itís important to get it right first time to avoid costly remedial works and revisions further down the line.
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