With air conditioning units being used more widely than ever, especially in public, commercial and office spaces, it’s crucial to understand how they impact on environmental noise levels and affect noise sensitive receptors in their vicinity – hence the growing demand for reliable air conditioning noise surveys. In an industrial or manufacturing setting, the noise emitted by an air conditioning unit may be inconsequential.
BS4142 Noise Survey & Assessment: A Practical Guide to BS4142 Noise Assessments and Planning Permission
What is BS4142? The British Standard BS 4142: 2014 - Methods for rating and assessing industrial and commercial sound is used for the assessment of noise of a commercial and industrial nature. It provides methods for rating and assessing sound of an industrial and/or commercial nature, including:
Extraction systems are among the most common noise nuisance complaints, especially in built-up areas where pubs and restaurants are located in close proximity to houses. The problems are exacerbated if commercial kitchen exhausts vent into small shared spaces or are located beneath residential units – flats and apartments situated above takeaways with late opening hours, for instance.
Pre completion sound testing, otherwise known as sound insulation testing, is a requirement under building regulations Part E for all new flats and houses, as well as conversions to dwellings where a material change of use has occurred. Here is what you need to know about pre completion sound testing:
BS8233 Noise Survey & Assessment: A Practical Guide to BS8233 Noise Assessments and Planning Permission
What is BS8233? The British Standard BS 8233: 2014, Guidance on Sound insulation and noise reduction for buildings provides guidance on internal noise levels from steady state “anonymous” noise sources, such as road or rail noise.
The most recent publication in 2014 has seen the most comprehensive revision of the standard.
Many factors contribute to the expansion of cities, including access to work as well as social and cultural amenities.
When considering the installation of sound insulation in new buildings, one factor that must be taken into account is structure-borne sound.
There's no denying that the general public is becoming more and more aware of noise in the environment. Although only 8% of land in the UK is taken up by cities, 54% of the population lives, and 60% works, in a city.
From workplaces to domestic and industrial properties, the noise in buildings often needs to be controlled diligently - and that's where an acoustic consultant comes in. A professional acoustics consultant is a master in the art of controlling noise and minimising the transmission of noise where necessary.