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.
Health Technical Memorandum 08-01: Acoustics sets out acoustic criteria for new healthcare developments. It includes acoustic criteria for speech privacy between rooms, noise levels in rooms both from building services and from external sources, and impact sound from rooms above. Specific guidance is given for audiology facilities.
The guidance also covers refurbishments and temporary healthcare premises, and the control of noise and vibration during construction.