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Soundscape

Such a simple concept, but the extent of its implications are only just beginning to be explored. We are pioneering the soundscape approach in many aspects of our work. It’s a very exciting journey; we find so much potential to improve acoustic outcomes and experience for people. The concept is defined in ISO 12913-1, first…
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The APEAL method

The APEAL Method – Acoustic Performance EvaluAtion through Listening – ushers in a revolution in the acoustic design process. APEAL enables you to participate in the acoustic design by listening. Do you want your building to sound like this or like that when people are in it? This is a world away from talking acoustic…
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Acoustics of open plan offices

We have been consulting on and researching acoustics for open plan offices since 2010.  We undertook a commission to advise on the transition of moving from cellular to an open plan arrangement.  The move from cellular to open plan has been the FM story of recent times, but there has been a large kick back from people subjected…
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Project DeStress, Heriot-Watt University

We are pleased to be involved in an exciting new University research study called Project DeStress. The research aims to Design and Engineer Soundscapes To enable Restorative Environments for Sustainable Societies. The project engages the public in three UK cities to identify quiet, calm, and tranquil areas. The project will develop guidelines to help local councils…
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Noise, ventilation and overheating in dwellings

The Acoustics, Ventilation and Overheating: Residential Design Guide (“AVO Guide“) has been launched! We have prepared a Quick Start to the AVO Guide here. Attend the launch event & workshop on 30th January 2020. You can watch a webinar for CIBSE’s Natural Ventilation Group that we presented in 2018, and read more about the background and ongoing…
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Noise and ventilation in dwellings

The issue of noise and ventilation 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 typically associated with ventilation conditions. There is a marked absence of research into occupants’ acceptance of…
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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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School acoustics

Apex has been deeply involved with school acoustics for many years; this interest has sparked our own research , as well as making a significant contribution to standards and guidance such as Building Bulletin 93 and coordinating the publication of Acoustics of Schools: a design guide.  Read about the changes to the design guidance here.  Jack has…
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Airtightness – does it last?

Does the airtightness of a Passivhaus really last, or does it decay? Are design and construction skills in the UK really able to deliver enduring standards of airtightness? Do airtightness technologies last, or do they decay? The Racecourse estate was completed in 2011. A lot has happened since then. Materials have dried and had the opportunity to…
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Environmental noise modelling

Environmental noise modelling with commercial software such as CadnaA, SoundPlan or Predictor has become a standard tool for acoustic consultants.  Typically the software implements an engineering model to enable predictions of noise propagation outdoors.  When using software it is important to understand the difference between theoretical and engineering models of sound propagation, so that an understanding can be…
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