dBx Jargon Buster - BS6472/BS7385

Welcome to the dBx Acoustics jargon buster! In this section, we list some common acoustic terms as well as standards and guidance you may be asked to comply with. If there’s something you need to know that we haven’t covered here, please let us know.


These standards are used to assess the effect of vibration on people in buildings, predict the likelihood of adverse comment, and consider whether cosmetic or structural damage to buildings is likely to occur. They are used in a variety of situations, for example where new buildings are proposed close to an existing source of vibration such as a major road or rail line, but also where infrastructure works such as tunnelling may affect occupants of existing buildings.