MuteClip® Concrete Stud Double | Ceiling Soundproofing

For those addressing problems with impact and airborne noise, look no further than this system. Providing a solution from the home the workplace to recording studios with our versatile MuteClip®

  • Airborne: Up to 65dB
  • Impact: Down to 40dB
  • ££££
  • 185mm (with a 100mm stud frame)
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MuteClip® (Patent Pending) Concrete Stud Double is perfect for projects that require a highly effective solution for ceiling soundproofing in concrete builds, one that is high performing for both airborne and impact noise. Its high performance comes from a combination of both the separated stud framework that creates lesser points of contact with concrete soffit ceiling and using our MuteClip™ which is composed of a dual-density rubber in a galvanised metal case that performs like a shock absorber, this is then attached to the new frame. The  MuteClip® Channel affixes to the MuteClip® and the new soundproof ceiling which is composed of two layers of dense Acoustic Plasterboard 15mm and a layer of Tecsound suspend away from the concrete slab. What this ultimately results in is a vastly improved reduction of airborne noise, especially in the more problematic lower to middle-lower frequencies, as well as a high reduction of impact noise and other forms of vibration, which are often problematic in concrete constructions.

 

 

  • Easy to install, no incorrect fixing or shortages unlike standard Resilient Channel
  • Approximate 185mm loss of space, including the installation of a 100mm batten.
  • Up to 65dB for airborne (where a higher number is desired)* (details are available on the 'System Performance' tab above).
  • Down to 40dB for impact (where a lower number is desired)* (details are available on the 'System Performance' tab above).
  • 20-30dB estimated improvement for airborne noise and 15-20dB estimated improvement for impact noise* (where 10dB is a 50% reduction as perceived sound loudness)
  • Compliant with both Part E Building Regulations (England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland) and Building Standards Technical Handbook 2017 for Scotland for airborne and impact transmission. (Details are available on the 'System Performance' tab above).

 

MuteClip® Concrete Stud Double is available for specification on a wide range of projects that include large scale residential builds, commercial properties for increased privacy, and even audio recording and audio editing environments that are looking for high performance. This system is also suitable as a retrofit installation for those looking to improve existing properties.

Projects where you are specifying the use of an acoustic system our team can help you from start to finish and with the use of our MuteClip® Concrete Stud Double. We can provide Acoustic Modelling Data for estimating results, CAD drawings of the MuteClip® and Channel to aid visualisations, and fantastic rates so that you feel you're making the right choice. We also offer Acoustic Testing for existing structures as well as Part E Building Regulation testing and additional acoustic testing options for projects that include: Gyms and Nightclubs or even homes that require or seek increased acoustic performance for improved living quality.

 

MuteClip® Concrete Stud Double contains components from our MuteRange core - these are products that have been subjected to stringent testing in both laboratory and real-world environments providing the best possible solution for the purpose with a result you can trust.

 

You can find out more about our all-encompassing MuteRange by clicking on the icons below or get in contact with iKoustic today.

 

 

MuteClip® System vs Resilient Channels.

We have provided a detailed blog on the use of our MuteClip® System against the 'Additional Costs of Resilient Channel.' 

"To make you aware of the potential issues and additional costs Resilient Channel can leave within the project, we have provided some brief points to review before proceeding with this method."

 

A Guide to Soundproofing a Ceiling.

If you are uncertain of what to look for when soundproofing a ceiling you can read our handy guide - A Guide to Soundproofing a Ceiling by clicking on the icon below. You can also pick up the phone and say hello to find out how we can help you on - 01937 588 226!

 

 

Are you prepared?

  • Conduct prior sound testing or home testing to draw attention to any potential flanking paths (where sound takes an alternative route), and this will be an essential part of making sure you have the best soundproofing in place and managing what is possible to achieve, our team can help guide you on this.
  • You will need to make sure you are fixing MuteClip® direct into the joist without any obstruction
  • To lay Acoustic Mineral Wool between any adjacent stud framing or cavity walls to help reduce flanking transmission


How to install.

Installation is based on a typical 400mm  joist spacing, and we recommend staggering the MuteClip® at 400mm in a grid configuration with a MuteClip® at each end. MuteClip® Channels would also installed with a 600mm spacing with one located 100mm from top and bottom

  • If the framework is not installed, this would require fixture with Isolation Strips to maintain maximum separation where possible.
  • MuteClip® is fixed to the bottom of the framework.
  • 200mm overlap on MuteClip® Channel with four self-tapping screws into the shoulders of the MuteClip® Channel.
  • Rockwool RW3 between stud framework.
  • The first layer of Acoustic Plasterboard fixed on to MuteClip® Channel with self-tapping screws (leaving a 2-5mm gap from any adjacent surfaces and using acoustic sealant).
  • A layer of Tecsound adhered with self-adhesive backing to Acoustic Plasterboard.
  • The second layer of Acoustic Plasterboard fixed on to MuteClip® Channel with self-tapping screws (leaving a 2-5mm gap from any adjacent surfaces and using acoustic sealant).
     

 

Alternatively, we provide Acoustic Installation across the UK to fit all of our systems - they come with a wealth of experience in the field so you can feel comfortable that the right installation methods are being carried out.

 

Contact us | 01937 588 226

 

All of our systems contain a high level of mass, and if there are any structural concerns, you will want to consult a Structural Engineer to discuss your requirements.

*Our Typical Performance Results and Noise Reduction Guidance are provided to indicate the results that have been achieved in previous tests but are not guaranteed to a specific site as multiple factors can affect this.

We endeavour to display the most up to date testing and to manage expectation as best as possible; please do contact us to discuss your requirements

Typical Performance Results*

Impact L’nT,wAirborne DnT,w (C;Ctr)
35dB73 (-1;-5) dB

 

Noise Reduction Guidance*

  • Cinema room and Recording Studios
  • Clear Conversation and other everyday household noises
  • Impact noise issues and vibration
     

Compliance with Part E Building Regulations and Scottish Building Regulations
 

  • When installed under the correct guidance this system is compliant with the required acoustic values for airborne and impact transmission featured in Part E Building Regulations; these are applicable across the UK, excluding Scotland (England, Wales, Northern Ireland) and the Republic of Ireland. We would advise conducting a Sound Test to survey any planned conversions in existing properties before concluding on an Acoustic System.
     
  • It is also compliant with the required acoustic values for airborne and impact transmission featured in the Building Standards Technical Handbook 2017 for Scotland, and we would advise conducting a Sound Test to survey any planned conversions in existing properties before concluding on an Acoustic System. Scottish Building Regulations contain higher targets than that of Part E, and our Legal Requirements section has the required acoustic values.
     

  • For additional guidelines and requirements for non-residential buildings; for example, Gyms, Nightclubs and Industrial focused purposes, please do contact us so we can discuss your available options.

MuteClip® Concrete Stud Double harbours all the features of what creates a highly effective soundproofing system, one that can be installed across a wide range of scenarios and is of course suited for soundproofing the home against intrusive noise issues. Flanking Transmission is a significant issue in concrete structures, so it is best to investigate whether the noises from above are found coming from the adjacent walls too, as these may require treatment of the same level to reduce intrusive noise issues. With a large portion found coming through the ceiling of both impact and airborne noise, we would expect a reduction of improvement of 10-15dB for airborne sound, and 15-20dB for impact noise, 10-67% and 67%-75% respectively as an estimated guide of improvement.

This acoustic system is an effective option in reducing the more invasive noise issues, ones that can be heard with some clarity even in a concrete structure, sounds of both airborne and impact noise. Where loud music, TV usage and also the introduction of cinema systems are used, this system can be put in place to reduce these noise both externally and internally use. Depending on the level of noise, adjacent walls will often require the same level of treatment if a high volume of low-frequency sound energy is expected, for instance, the introduction of a subwoofer - adequate isolation is essential in all areas. Common noise issues on the other hand such as neighbours having a conversation, the ringing of a doorbell or intercom or the television in use would be reduced to a large degree, and footsteps and moving of furniture from above would also receive a significant reduction.

When adjacent areas being the walls have been adequately soundproofed to prevent Flanking Transmission, the tested performance figures of the acoustic system are to surpass Part E Building Regulations across the board. During the specification phase of a new build we can help you build estimated partition results with acoustic figures, and with conversion projects - it is always best to carry out an acoustic assessment as a soundproof over screed or under screed may be beneficial to prevent flanking into the walls by way of impact noise.

Incorrect fixing of Resilient Channels can lead to the failure of an acoustic test or underwhelming results of general soundproofing that you have carried out, and there are many ways to which it can be incorrectly fixed to where we have explained here. But in essence, the improvements provided by using the MuteClip® and Channel system is that it requires a single fixing per clip and the Channel is then clipped in, it is not subject to the same detrimental incorrect fixings as the Resilient Bar. Its acoustic performance is superior in the reduction of low-end frequencies, to where noise issues of impact noise and generated bass frequencies are expected to be in abundance.

With an existing framework across the majority of cases, they are removed to create a new and better-supported stud frame that hasn’t bowed over time or exposed to any potential water damage. Some frameworks can be used if they are thick, or can be suspended with additional acoustic wire suspensions - we would have these reviewed for soundproofing purposes by a joiner, structural engineer or an acoustic installation team.

Flanking Transmission in adjacent walls can often pass any detected vibration to any other connected surfaces, so if the Acoustic Plasterboard is abutted tightly or even slightly touching across various points, this vibration will return into the acoustic system - short-circuiting the MuteClip® and Channel. Again, if it is tightly abutted to the adjacent surfaces, you are reducing the suspension of the ceiling in which is essential to reduce impact noise and low-frequency transmission - reducing the system’s performance.

With the recommended 100mm framework with an isolation gap between the frame and concrete substrate of 10-20mm, and the final suspension given by the MuteClip® and Channel - 41mm, the thickness appropriate for installation here would be 150mm, this would require an Acoustic Mineral Wool of 100mm in depth and a 50mm. You do not want to compact anything thicker into the cavity as this creates a bridge between the concrete substrate and Acoustic Plasterboard - short-circuiting the MuteClip®.

Any existing ceiling needs to be removed, plasterboard and framework too if it will not support the acoustic system, decoration such as cornice and coving will need to be removed and electronics extended by a Part P Registered electrician before installation so that the acoustic installation team can pull this through the insert hole.