Room acoustics vs building acoustics

Room and architectural acoustics

"Room Acoustics” is the field of acoustics that describes how sound propagates in a closed or semi-closed space."

Like the structural dynamics fingerprint of a structure, so does a room have a fingerprint of its own.

Key elements of room acoustics are:

  • Source of the sound and

  • Receiver of the sound

  • Geometry of the room or enclosure

  • And the sound absorbing and reflection properties of the walls

Other important factors in improving acoustics include reverberation time and its decay in dB/decade, clarity of sound and speech transmission index. These are all recorded and analysed during the survey performed by the acoustical consultant.

Building acoustics

Building Acoustics incorporate a broader scope to just the room or enclosure. It relates to sound insulation between walls and vibration isolation of different parts of the building structure.

Building acoustics suits our portfolio, as it involves vibration, structural dynamics and noise. Meaning that the engineering expertise that we offer overlap and complement that of the acoustical consultants.

Vibration and noise trasnmission is frequently encountered where neighbours have party walls, as both sides of the wall could have other walls joining it, and has minimal noise insulation.

The noise inherently transmits along the adjoining walls into the party wall and vice versa. Therefore, to insulate the walls properly, an experienced acoustical consultant and vibration consultant is required - which we can offer.

When we are approached to perform an improvement on the acoustics of a building and/or a room, our acoustical consultants perform a before recording and assessment to ascertain the severity of the problem, or whether there is an actual noise concern.

We provide another recording (a post improvement recording) after the noise consultants have improved the acoustics of the room, so that you know are reassured of the acoustics improvement.

As acoustical consultants, we have performed:

  • Building acoustics using the British Standard and more

  • investigated and solved the structure-borne sound from a compressor and other building services and auxiliary plant equipment

  • Determined the acoustics of rooms and their reverberation time. Improved through architectural design of the room layout and furniture.

  • Specified sound insulation material for offices and buildings, to prevent sound breaking in and breaking out, respectively.

Get in touch

Our acoustical consultant is very experienced in all aspects of noise, acoustics and vibration and is registered as a corporate member of the Institute of Acoustics, and is a chartered engineer registered with the Engineering Council.

If you have any questions regarding acoustics for you office, factory, home or practice, please phone us to speak directly to an acoustical consultant.