Where is controlling sound important?
As the needs of working environments are constantly evolving, the importance of controlling sound is becoming more and more paramount; specifically in places where privacy is essential and in places that serve different functions.
Sound control is unique to each building and establishment; however, we have listed some typical areas where sound control is highly important.
- Corridors, atriums and space which connect different levels
- Meeting rooms and private offices
- Lecture theatres and classrooms
It is often the case that when installing partitioning systems, doors are part of the package, especially for meeting rooms and corridors. But what happens to the acoustic performance when you install doors?
Doors can often cause acoustic vulnerabilities when looking at the whole system’s performance. This could be due to gaps around the framing, the system itself or how it has been installed.
One way to reduce the impact is to specify doors with an automatic drop-down seal or threshold. These seal any gaps surrounding the door when shut, improving acoustic performance. Also, it is worth mentioning that framed doors provide higher acoustic performance than frameless doors.
There are a couple of top tips to take away with you when specifying acoustic systems.
- Always ask for test evidence
Ask the manufacturer to provide evidence for acoustic certificates that have been tested in accordance with BS EN ISO 140-3 and that the resulting Rw measurements are derived from BS EN ISO 717/1.
- Don’t mix and match
Your test evidence may only be for one product, such as glass partitioning, or two products, such as glass partitioning and doors. It is important to remember that you cannot mix and match different products and necessarily expect the same acoustic rating.