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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 been busy providing a CPD to architects and contractors on the changes in the schools acoustic regulations and design guidance.  Apex Acoustics were proud to open the Institute of Acoustics’ autumn conference 2016, presenting a paper on Practical design and testing to meet the revised BB 93 performance and environmental design standards.

Jack sat on and made significant contributions to the joint ANC / IOA committee that re-wrote Building Bulletin 93 for the Education Funding Agency (EFA). This is available from the government website here.

Apex was the first company to achieve UKAS accreditation for acoustic testing of schools; Jack Harvie-Clark subsequently chaired the Association of Noise Consultants (ANC) committee that wrote the Good Practice Guide (GPG) for Acoustic Testing of Schools, which is referenced in the current version of Building Bulletin 93. The ANC GPG Version 2 is available to download free here, which has been updated Jack to reflect the requirements in the current BB 93: February 2015.

Some recent conference papers include:

Practical design and testing to meet the revised BB 93 performance and environmental design standards, Proceedings of the Institute of Acoustics Vol 38 Pt 1 2016. Oral presentation at Institute of Acoustics Conference 2016.

Reverberation time, Strength & Clarity in school halls: measurements and modelling, Proceedings of the Institute of Acoustics Vol 36 Pt 3 2014. Oral presentation at Institute of Acoustics Conference 2014.

Use of G and C50 for classroom design, Proceedings of the Institute of Acoustics Vol 36 Pt 3 2014.
Poster presentation at Institute of Acoustics Conference 2014 available to download here in pdf format.

Apex Acoustics 2014 Classroom design with G & C50 poster

 

Reverberation times in school halls: measurement oddities and modelling, Oral presentation by Daniel Wallace at Forum Acusticum, Krakow, Poland 2014.

The general use of the parameters Strength, G and Clarity, C50 in classrooms is described in previous papers, such as:

The practical application of G and C50 in classrooms, Internoise 2013, Innsbruck, Austria September 2013.

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