Acoustics in the factory, office and home

Why is acoustics important?

Acoustics is the study of sound travelling in a closed space and an environment.

If poor acoustics is present in a space, the sound or noise level increases as the reverberation time is high. And high noise or sound levels are:

  • disadvantages to human well-being

  • impedes on one's concentration

  • impairs on hearing distinctly

  • causes fatigue

How do we improve acoustics?

  • Perform the standard industry measurements to ascertain the quality of the acoustics In the space

  • Propose sound absorbing and or architectural changes to the space

  • Reduce the noise levels of machinery b vibration control etc.

  • Vibration isolation to restrict transmissibility into other structures and prevent structure borne noise

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 a survey

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.

Therefore, building acoustics suits our portfolio, as it involves vibration, structural dynamics and noise. Meaning that the engineering expertise that we offer overlap and complement each other.

This is frequently encountered where neighbours have a party wall

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

We provide another recording after we have improved the acoustics of the room, so that you know are certain of an improvement.

What acoustics work have we performed?

  • Building acoustics using the British Standard BS8233

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

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

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