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Award-winning good acoustic design: a case study

Rich Hinton was delighted to receive the Environmental Acoustics Award in June 2017. The priority of good acoustic design is to enable residents to enjoy suitable noise levels with open windows, by careful site massing, and considering building location, orientation, internal layouts and mitigation. This example of good acoustic design is a housing development in Swanley,…
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TupTup Palace, Newcastle: pioneering acoustic design

Weigang Wei undertook ground-breaking acoustic design to determine suitable remediation measures for the TupTup Palace, Newcastle, and is justly rewarded with the top accolade in this category. This project illustrates a novel approach to solving the problem of noise from nightclub smoking areas. The modelling techniques, solutions to controlling noise break out through doors, and control…
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Attenuated passive ventilation options

With the advent of the guidance in ProPG: Planning and Noise, there is an increased need for sound attenuated passive ventilation to achieve reasonable internal conditions in dwellings, considering noise, ventilation, and overheating.  The first stage of the acoustic assessment described by ProPG is to apply the principles of good acoustic design; this includes the…
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New planning practice guidance: Planning & Noise

The long-awaited launch of the ProPG took place on 22nd June in Birmingham; over 200 delegates came to hear about the new planning guidance.  The ProPG aims to do more than just fill the gap that was left by the withdrawal of the former PPG 24.  The guidance has been jointly developed by the Association of…
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Noise, ventilation and overheating in dwellings

Apex has been researching and disseminating information for many years advocating an integrated approach to assessing acoustic conditions in dwellings in combination with ventilation conditions and considerations of opening windows.  This work has now been taken up by an industry-led committee through the Association of Noise Consultants, called the “Acoustics, Ventilation & Overheating Group”.  The committee…
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Noise and ventilation in dwellings

The combined issue of noise, ventilation and thermal comfort in dwellings is very significant for occupants, yet currently under-researched and poorly understood even within our industry.  Current requirements for noise levels described in planning conditions, British Standards and WHO Guidelines are not associated with either ventilation conditions or thermal comfort levels.  Apex has been leading…
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VHF and Ultrasound exposure: do we know the risks?

Incidental public exposure to VHF (Very High Frequency) sound and Ultrasound has increased dramatically in recent years due to sources such as the testing of public address systems and pest deterrents.  Research into potential health effects and regulation of public exposure has not kept pace with these developments.  The majority of the studies used to…
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ICSV24 London calling

The Institute of Acoustics is hosting the 24th International Congress on Sound and Vibration (ICSV24) London between 23rd – 27th July 2017.  Apex Acoustics is promoting and chairing two sessions in the conference.  One is on the acoustics of open plan offices, the other of facade sound insulation and internal environmental quality (IEQ). Acoustics of open plan offices…
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Sound flanking paths in curtain walling

Nick Conlan delivered the second presentation of the IOA Annual conference, which was, according to the Institute of Acoustics – … by far the most highly rated paper at the conference, from the feedback we’ve received Nick’s presentation put together recent academic studies of flanking sound transmission in curtain walling systems with more established data…
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Designing and testing to Building Bulletin 93: 2014

“No building acoustics conference would be complete without a presentation from Jack Harvie-Clark of Apex Acoustics” says the Institute of Acoustics’ Bulletin magazine, reporting on the 2016 IOA annual conference at Chesford Grange.  Jack opened the conference with a presentation on practical issues with designing and testing to Building Bulletin 93: 2015. The first half of…
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