Building and room acoustics
Building and room acoustics covers the entire building, from its basic structures to completed interiors. Acoustic design is needed everywhere people live or work. In terms of acoustics, particularly challenging are either very noisy or very quiet spaces. Performance spaces, such as concert halls and theatres, require specialized acoustic design.
Acoustic design can be a part of a new construction, renovation or conversion, where, for instance, an old industrial facility is transformed into offices or apartments. Typical sites for acoustic design are offices, hospitals, schools, kindergartens, cultural buildings, and residential buildings. Acoustic design is guided by building regulations and standards.
The acoustics of a performance space is a scientific-artistic entity that requires special expertise, where physics is combined with the psychology of perception and the aesthetics of sound.
We always start the design project by determining the acoustic requirements of the building or facility room by room, depending on their function. In addition, we comment the placements of different spaces in the building and, when necessary, provide a suggestion for the placing of the critical spaces in terms of sound insulation.
In building acoustics design, we focus primarily on the following aspects:
- for soundproofing between different spaces
- the facade’s ability to isolate traffic noise and
- for the attenuation of noise caused by ventilation and other building technology
The objective of room acoustic design is to achieve a sound environment in the space that supports its purpose by influencing surface materials and acoustic elements. This can mean effective sound attenuation or sound propagation in the room.
In room acoustic design, we determine the suitable surface materials and their quantities per room, and if necessary, we present the principal structures for the acoustic elements.
Our service also includes site supervision during construction as well as acoustic measurements, which we use to ensure the correct implementation of the plans. When evaluating the acoustics of a building or a space, we pay attention to e.g., to sound insulation, room acoustics, and noise prevention.