For many of us, more hours are spent in the office than in our own homes. For this reason, it is imperative that intelligent design incorporates the key considerations of office acoustics, and in this blog we will go into some of the important factors when it comes to getting noise exactly right in a professional work environment.
Taking into account how noise and its associated problems can affect communities is an essential aspect of the planning process and one that many planning professionals - on both the local authority side and the development side - are wholeheartedly committed to.
Fitness is now a multi-billion pound industry in the UK. This has inspired a new wave of budget gym launches, alongside growth from more established brands. Schools, colleges and employers have also increasingly recognised the importance of creating gym facilities within their buildings as a way to underpin health, wellbeing and engagement.
The UK eating out market is believed to be worth around £5.4billion - and it's growing. (https://www.bighospitality.co.uk/Article/2016/02/23/UK-diners-to-spend-54.7bn-on-eating-out-by-2017) However, that’s not to say that restaurants have an easy time carving out market share and remaining competitive. The creativity of new brands and the modern day “theatre” of dining out are all clear signs that restaurateurs and chains are having to do everything in their power to attract diners, and keep them coming back.
When it comes to specifying which partition wall or floor design to choose for a project or which product supplier or specifiers data sheet to trust, there’s a lot of confusion and mis-application. One of the most common points of confusion is the difference between Rw and DnT,w. Misunderstanding these two can lead to under performance or overspending, so here’s a brief guide to help you out.
The Basics of Soundproofing: Sound Insulation & Sound Testing for Part E of the Building Regulations
Soundproofing to ensure you meet the requirements of Part E of the Building Regulations should not be seen as an arduous task. Achieving good soundproofing between houses and flats is essential for our growing cities, nobody wants to hear their neighbours through a poorly soundproofed wall or hear the flat above you walking to and fro. Poor Sound Insulation is an issue ......
A review of Building Regulations Approved Document E: Sound Insulation & Sound Testing for Part E of the Building Regulations -
An important part of the national building regulations are the various approved documents within it. These approved documents give guidance to designers, developers and engineers as to how building regulations can be met in common building situations. As such, they give a vital point of reference when building properties that people in the industry can rely on.
If you’re an employer working in an industry that’s notorious for the noise it produces, then one piece of legislation you might be familiar with is the Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005. Introduced in April 2006, this now long-standing law was created to supersede the ‘Noise at Work Regulations 1989’. Both the 1989 and 2006 regulations are based on European Union directives requiring similar regulation
The Government provides clear guidance on the acoustics, lighting and ventilation requirements for all school buildings in the UK. It could be argued that the latter two are reasonably simple to quantify and control, however, effectively managing the acoustic environment of a busy education setting appears to be a far more complex and taxing proposition.
Your ears are amazing. That might sound like something that ranks fairly highly on a list of terrible pick-up lines, but people are often unaware of the incredible feats that their ears perform on a daily basis.