Education - Schools, Colleges, 6th Forms, University, and other education buildings
noise assessment, architectural acoustics, school acoustics
We all know that education is important. But the
quality of that education can be significantly impaired if the design
of the schools, universities and colleges in which that education takes
place does not take account of noise impact and noise quality.
colleges, universities, in fact all educational buildings need to be
fit for purpose. This means that a number of key issues have to be
considered, including: layout, lighting, facilities, location, access
and crucially the acoustic performance of the building
The government has recently published a minimum performance document called Building Bulletin 93 (BB93) for Schools.
BB93 is part of the Building Regulations and requires that all aspects of the
acoustics of a new build, newly converted or extended school building meet
specific minimum standards. The standard is compulsory for schools, but is also
used for other educational buildings as a set of design targets.
Sound insulation between rooms, lecture theatres and other teaching rooms,
noise levels within classrooms, lecture theatres and other teaching rooms, and
reverberation times within rooms must all meet specific criteria depending on
the intended use of the room and adjacent rooms. BB93 also requires acoustic
modelling of some spaces.
The main aim of the regulations is to ensure that those trying to teach
and learn are, at the very least, not hindered by the acoustics of the building,
and at best the building is actually enhancing the learning experience.
Hepworth Acoustics provide a full and comprehesive and design, consultation and compliance testing service, thats proven to achieve the criteria in any education environment.
, noise assessment
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, school acoustics