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Acoustic Design of Schools

Many studies have shown how important acoustic design and treatment is for effective learning in schools. Furthermore, the success of many public spaces can be attributed to carefully controlled acoustics.

Acoustic Design of Schools

An important area of advice is within schools, and BB93: acoustic design of schools - performance standards presents a clear methodology for the design process, in terms of architectural acoustics in schools. BB93 offers guidelines and standards in the form of reverberation times and ambient noise levels within rooms and this forms the basis for carrying out acoustic calculations and designing to the required standards. We provide assessments of schools in line with BB93 and provide advice on how to meet the requirements if necessary.

Acoustic design of public spaces, such as museums, is of paramount importance, especially as they often incorporate some form of audio playback, be it a public address system or an art exhibition involving audio. In such areas speech intelligibility will often take precedence, which is strongly affected by increases in background noise level and long reverberation times.

We will advise you on appropriate levels of the audio you are putting into the space to mitigate the increase in background noise levels, and any required acoustic treatment to control reverberation time. Psychoacoustic effects, such as speech intelligibility and possible masking, will also be assessed, along with appropriate placement of loudspeakers.

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