What is acoustics?

April 22, 2024

What is acoustics – and why is it needed throughout the construction industry?

Welcome to our guide on the critical and often overlooked role that acoustics play in construction. But first we must answer, what is acoustics? Acoustics is the science of sound and its behaviour. It is a fundamental consideration in the design and construction of buildings and spaces. From ensuring clear communication to enhancing comfort and productivity, acoustics significantly impact the quality of our built environment.

Understanding Acoustics in Planning and Construction

Acoustics in the planning and construction stages involves the careful consideration of sound propagation, transmission, absorption, and reflection within architectural spaces and across development sites. By integrating acoustic principles into the design process from the outset, architects and developers can create environments that prioritise comfort, functionality, and occupant well-being. By incorporating this into the project early on, this will undoubtedly save the developer money in the long run.

Why Acoustics Matters in Planning and Construction

  1. Regulatory Compliance: Planning and building regulations, along with National and Local policies and standards govern noise levels and acoustic performance in and around buildings. Compliance with these requirements is crucial to ensure the health, safety, and well-being of occupants and to avoid potential legal issues during the construction process and throughout the life of the building.
  2. Occupant Comfort: Noise from mechanical systems, adjacent spaces, and outdoor sources can significantly impact occupant comfort. By incorporating strategic layout planning, sound-absorbing materials, and mechanical system isolation, the design team can create quieter and more comfortable environments for building occupants.
  3. Clear Communication: In medical or educational facilities, conference rooms, and commercial spaces, effective communication is essential. Proper acoustical design ensures that speech remains intelligible, facilitating effective communication and collaboration among occupants.

Our Approach to Acoustic Planning and Construction

At Create, we specialise in integrating acoustics seamlessly into the planning and later, the construction processes.

Our services encompass:

  • Acoustic Measurements: Engaging with the landowner and attending the site to measure the existing sound and vibration levels. This is imperative to understanding what mitigation is required.
  • Acoustic Consultation: Collaborating with architects, developers, and construction teams to integrate acoustical considerations into the design and construction phases.
  • Architectural Acoustics: Designing spaces with optimised sound quality, speech intelligibility, and noise control.
  • Building Design: Implementing measures to reduce sound transmission through walls, floors, and ceilings, ensuring privacy and comfort for building occupants.
  • Mechanical System Design: Designing HVAC and mechanical systems to minimise noise generation and transmission of noise and/or vibration within the building.
  • Testing and Validation: Conducting acoustic measurements and testing during and after construction to verify compliance with regulatory requirements and performance expectations.

Contact Us

Whether you are embarking on a new construction project or renovating an existing space, Create should be your partner to help create acoustically optimised environments.

Contact us today to learn more about our acoustic planning and construction services and how we can contribute to the success of your project.