Good acoustics is an important aspect of designing buildings for education, poor acoustics have a detrimental effect on the learning environment.
The “Essex Study” (http://www.batodfoundation.org.uk/docs/essex-study.pdf) has clearly shown that the acoustic character of a school is closely associated with good learning environments and pupil achievement.
Since the implementation of the 2003 Edition of Approved Document E of the Building Regulations, Requirement E4 from Part E has required that:
“Each room or other space in a school building shall be designed and constructed in such a way that it has the acoustic conditions and the insulation against disturbance by noise appropriate to its intended use.”
The primary design guidance for school acoustics is contained within 'Acoustics of Schools - a Design Guide' (2015) and 'BB93 - Acoustic Performance of Schools: Performance Standards' (2014).
A number of factors will generally be considered in any school design:
At Acoustic Associates, we have considerable experience in assisting design teams to ensure that appropriate acoustic conditions are achieved in schools and educational facilities.
This may involve any of the following steps:
We are often approached about solving acoustic issues in existing buildings, and we can provide both an assessment of the scale of any concern and then the best means of ameliorating the situation. Typical problems include:
Please contact your local office where our consultants will be happy to discuss all aspects of acoustics or of sound insulation within buildings, and explain the design and testing procedures.