dBx Case Studies - Residential

There’s nowhere that acoustic conditions matter more than in the places where we rest and sleep, whether at home or away.

We get involved right at the planning stage, carrying out noise surveys and noise impact assessments and helping designers to plan developments and specify constructions and ventilation to control noise ingress.

Residential projects must comply with Approved Document E of the Building Regulations. dBx Acoustics are UKAS accredited (laboratory number 9473) to carry out pre-completion testing, and of course, to support you through your design beforehand.

Our involvement in residential schemes often begins at planning, where a noise survey and noise impact assessment are required by the Local Authority. This then allows us to specify appropriate façade, glazing and ventilation strategies to ensure that appropriate conditions for rest and sleep are achieved internally in accordance with BS 8233:2014.

Whether a new build or a conversion, residential schemes are required by law to achieve airborne and impact sound insulation between dwellings in accordance with Approved Document E of the Building Regulations. This applies to semi-detached houses, apartments, hotels and student residences. dBx Acoustics is UKAS accredited (laboratory number 9473) to carry out this testing.

We are also experienced in working as part of the design team to specify appropriate wall and floor constructions, as well as detailing of junctions and penetrations to control sound flanking.

You can read more about some of the projects we have worked on below.

dBx Case Studies - Office & Workspace

As we emerge dazed from our home offices and start getting back into the workplace, we are sure to become more aware of the noises around us, which can distract us or prevent us from performing effectively.

In open-plan offices, for example, it can be important to be able to communicate with your immediate team, but you don’t want to be able to hear everything that Loud Howard across the room is describing. Confidentiality in meeting rooms, quiet rooms, and cellular offices, can all be critical too.

In a busy call centre, it’s important that the hubbub of other voices doesn’t distract an individual call handler, or affect a caller’s experience, ability to hear, or perception of privacy.

The acoustic design of workspaces considers all of these factors holistically, balancing specification and detailing with appropriate levels of background noise and room acoustic treatments to enhance productivity and comfort.

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