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Acoustics in Education

Until 2003 no legal requirements or official guidelines were in place to help deal with the noise problems and poor acoustics found in the majority of our schools. We now find that many educational buildings are failing to provide acoustic conditions that are appropriate for teaching and learning. The current new school build programme is the largest in 100 years and the importance of good acoustics in rooms of all sizes is now being addressed via official guidelines in the form of Part E of the Building Regulations Building Bulletin 93, known as BB93.

BB93 aims to ensure that appropriate acoustics are provided for teaching and learning in all new schools. Primary concerns are speech intelligibility between teachers and pupils in the classroom. The acoustics within open plan learning and social areas are also highlighted as well as reduction of external noise from adjoining areas that can cause interference and distraction. Acousti Pro™ are actively involved in the provision of both built in and retrospective solutions for good acoustics in accordance with BB93. To date we have worked both independently and alongside architects on a number of new school build projects as well as solving acoustic problems in existing buildings.

Most buildings, especially those containing modern day ‘spacious’ architectural designs, use glass, steel and concrete in their construction. These materials provide hard reflective surfaces that cause excessive reverberation resulting in a disruptive acoustic environment. Acousti Pro™ solve these issues with a wide and expanding range of both modern and traditional ‘architectural’ acoustic treatment products that are designed to work effectively and in harmony with all types of building.

If a room is too reverberant, due to parallel and hard, reflective surfaces or external noise levels are too high, speech intelligibility is reduced and pupils are unable to hear and understand their teachers. In addition to this, poor acoustic conditions in the classroom can have significant negative effects on a child’s concentration, learning and development. This also affects teachers who strain to be heard often raising the level of their voice which further exacerbates the problem and can even lead to health problems. The requirements in BB93 have been well researched and are substantiated by experts in the field of acoustics and also by large numbers of real world studies which show noise within the classroom and external noise to be a major factor in reduced number, letter and word recognition – especially in younger children.

BB93 contains guidance on all aspects of acoustics in education as well as sound insulation, noise control and room design for speech and music. If you are working within the guidelines of Part E of the Building Regulations to meet the required acoustic standards specified in Building Bulletin 93: Acoustic Design of Schools, or tackling the issue of poor acoustics retrospectively in the refurbishment of existing buildings, Acousti Pro™ can provide everything you need from simple plain speaking good advice to an entire facility design. We have proven solutions for Acoustics, Vibration damping and Sound proofing.

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