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Opening windows and noise in dwellings

The problem in the absence of data and guidance – how should designers address the issue of opening windows, and incorporate considerations of ventilation and for mitigating overheating? Planning guidance The Government’s planning practice guidance, summarised from Paragraph: 005 Reference ID: 30-005-20140306, How to recognise when noise could be a concern?, is reproduced in the…
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From ISO 140-4 to ISO 16283-1: gap analysis

Gap analysis of the Apex Acoustics procedure for sound insulation measurements: from ISO 140-4 to ISO 16283-1 for measurements above 100 Hz We are proud to be the first company accredited by UKAS for measurements to the new sound insulation testing standard, ISO 16283-1; you can see our schedule of accreditation on the UKAS website…
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CPD on changes to Building Bulletin 93

Jack has made presentations on the changes in Building Bulletin 93 to many leading architects and contractors including Ryder Architecture, _space architects, ADP Architecture, Sir Robert McAlpine, Jacobs, AHR Global, IBI Group, Howarth Litchfield Partnership, Day Cummins, Napper Architects, Farrell and Clark,  and both the NE and NW branches of the Institute of Acoustics. Please contact Jack if you…
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Tyneside Cinema Cafe Bar

Apex was delighted to be awarded the top prize in the most competitive category of Architectural Acoustics at the Association of Noise Consultants Awards in June 2015, against strong competition from the other short listed entries from Cundall and Arup. In the Tyneside Cinema cafe bar, the developers sought to create a film screening area…
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Acoustic design principles

British Standards, EN and ISO Standards are often difficult to interpret, and frequently do not offer succinct design procedures that may be used to implement the methods they describe. In this paper, Jack outlines the Apex approach to organising calculations around the acoustic design issues.  The full paper is available to download below, as is the…
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Racecourse Estate

On awarding the top prize in the 2014 Sound Insulation Awards, the judges commented: The Racecourse Passivhaus Estate in Houghton-le-Spring, Tyne and Wear, was the largest residential Passivhaus scheme in the UK on completion. This was a pioneering development for the UK in terms of design and scale delivering Passivhaus with a more traditional UK…
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Jesmond Gardens Primary School

In the 2013 Awards, Apex won the “Highly Commended” Award for the Jesmond Gardens project. Jesmond Gardens Primary scooped four RIBA awards for 2013. Apex Acoustics was proud to provide the entire acoustic design for this exciting new school project in Hartlepool. The project, led by architects ADP, won the Royal Institute of British Architects’…
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