More commonly encountered in refurbishments, timber joist floors can be found in new builds and are a sustainable option. Achieving high levels of sound insulation can be challenging, particularly while trying to conserve historic features. This article discusses the key issues and design solutions.
Insulated glazing units offer multiple benefits including good acoustic properties. Unfortunately, even when panels are tested in an acoustic laboratory, the standard method for determining sound insulation of large units can be unreliable, significantly overestimating the performance at key frequencies. This can result in not meeting the project design criteria such that internal noise levels are too high.
We welcome Daniel and Andrew to the board and look forward to their ongoing leadership. Both started in relatively junior positions and their appointment reflects Sandy Brown’s commitment to nurturing talent and potential, and an unrivalled opportunity for career development in our industry.
Gyms and fitness centres are noisy spaces. Where housed in the buildings where we live and work, controlling noise and vibration transfer is a challenge.
We are pleased to announce the promotion of Rob Conetta to the role of associate, while Dilan Neumann, Tom Dent and Martyn Ludlow have all been promoted to senior engineer.
Office ‘pods’ are gaining popularity. Unfortunately, the current lack of consistency in how they are tested makes it difficult to compare products or know if they are capable of meeting client needs acoustically. To address this, a new verification scheme is in development.
We are pleased to announce the promotion of Patrick Smith to associate, Julie James to senior administrator, and Daniel Shaw and Kane Mitchell to senior engineers.
Zanyar Abdalrahman is presenting the IOA Scottish Branch talk on Tuesday 24 May 2022 12:30-13:30pm on speech masking in open-plan offices using water generated sounds. Find out more below on how to to register and join by zoom via the link below.
Ben Southgate started his career with Sandy Brown in 2014 as a placement student during his undergraduate degree in Audio Acoustics at Salford University. He returned on graduation and has now been promoted to principal engineer.
Acoustic criteria for the design of office fit outs in the UK typically reference documents such as the British Council for Offices Guide to specification, British Standards 8233 and 6472-1 and CIBSE guides A and B4. Over the past decade, it has become more and more common for developments to seek ratings for sustainability schemes such as BREEAM, WELL, LEED and so on.