Workplace acoustics are now more than ever in focus, and this is because of our rapidly changing workflow dynamics. Freelancing is now a greater percentage of the workforce, and with there being a great deal of focus on the provision of rented-desks to meeting rooms, there are now different needs to cater for as it doesn't come under a single company ethos. This means that there there are areas in workplace environments that did not exist, or received less focus, before. Rooms such as 'break-out' areas, where collaboration is encouraged are often poorly situated and cause heavy amounts of disruption to those working nearby. But, with careful and creative planning, all of these can be avoided, and the disruption to work will be minimised. For single-purpose workplaces, we have the right system for almost every scenario, especially for those that combine multi-media and conferencing areas that require a great deal of soundproofing to reduce sound transmitting between spaces from P.A. systems.
If a workplace environment is concerning general office use, and there are residences adjacent, a 'Noise Impact Assessment' will need to be carried out. What a Noise Impact Assessment is addressing here is the impact it will have on the local environment and adjacent properties. These are required for both conversion and newly built properties in this area. Acoustic Design is an important part of assuring that noise is controlled in both your work environment and from moving into neighbouring properties. Whatever the challenge, we have the right Systems for your project!
To help you understand what the performance means and our additional focus on areas when gathering information for a soundproofing project, viewing more below will expand this for you. These systems will offer options for those looking at three deciding categories: Performance, Cost and Thickness.
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Workplace teams in office environments are subjected to more noise than they would think. Noise from air conditioning units, kitchens and 'chewing the fat' are almost constant throughout the day, and these are natural to the social hub of the workplace. But, they are disruptive to those around working around these noises. We have put together a few points in our blog entry here that looks into some of the effects noise has on individuals and what the developing negative outcomes are. They can be prevented with careful planning. Some areas will see our Sound Absorption in place, which does provide an aesthetically appealing finish, and is often the best route for dynamic spaces for managing noise transmission on a low scale, but also for tacking 'reverberation'. Soundproofing, on the other hand, is a more robust approach to stemming noise from moving from space to space. Conference spaces, media rooms and studio areas, for instance in areas with recording studios in radio stations are a must. Floors, walls and ceilings all need to be submitted into the acoustic design for consideration, that goes for both timber and concrete structures. Our MuteClip® options offer varying options for those balance Performance, Cost and Thickness with a focus on problematic and noise-sensitive areas, suitable for both walls and ceilings. And, there are MuteMat® options for floors that offer impact and airborne reduction in different formats. We also have floating floor options that allow servicing and floor levelling to take place.
With our Workplace and Office Soundproofing category, we have selected a few from our overall range that is best suited for these environments.
Our system summaries are based on guided figures of the highest demonstrable number for this has what has been achieved. If you are an architect, acoustic consultant or specifier you will find all of our test data relevant to that system under 'System Performance' and complete test data under 'Related PDFs' for comparing different scenarios.
If you are a homeowner looking to improve the soundproofing or your home, we have given subjective readings in our 'System Performance' too, and we are always looking at how to best represent the effectiveness of our systems so that you feel comfortable in your decision. Talking to our wonderful team and their wealth of experience will help you to clear up any uncertainties you have.
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Airborne Performance Reading | We have included an 'up to' rating supported by taking our test data and applying the correction, we have outlined these in details in our 'Guide to Understanding Acoustic Test Results'. But, if you are comparing systems, with a (-*number) you need to subtract this from the first number as like our example below.
DnT,w (C;Ctr) =61 (-1;-7) dB | = 'Up to 54dB'
Impact Performance Readings | In our impact performance, we have two results depending on how we have tested them, and have tried to keep this as clear as possible. 'Down to *dB' is when you are measuring the amount of impact noise transferred. You are looking for a lower number here.
Ln,w =48dB = 'Down to 48dB'
The other is the reduction figure that takes before and after, this is more relevant with concrete floors. We put (reduction) next to 'Up to *dB' this to indicate this.. You are looking for a higher number here.
Δ30dB (reduction) = 'Up to 30dB (reduction)'
Additional guidance for understanding system and performance.
Understanding Costs in Systems
Since the costs can vary, we have based this on a £-£££££ rating. We are basing this on the material costs alone, and with floor finishes and additional fitting not included in this. We do provide installation and cover nationwide - we'd be more than happy to go through the details of this with you by contacting our team!
Thickness is taking the material depths and noted alongside necessary elements of the structure. For example, Independent Wall and Ceiling Systems will include the recommended stud frame depth, often the lowest. We do not factor in floor finishes for floor systems so you will need to add these the top of these MuteMat® options, for example. A rule of thumb is that floating and independent systems are including the support, direct do not.
Acoustic Design planning for internal purposes will differ from those that concern neighbouring properties, so what needs to be addressed first is whether it is concerning both the adjacent properties and internal, or just internal. This is so we are able to manage priorities with your internal design team in making sure that any budgets are best allocated, as the most important issue will be those that reduce the impact on homes and businesses. We would advise carrying out the 'Noise Impact Assessments' to begin with for those that are applying for conversions or new build properties that sit directly in residential, multi-purpose buildings. We provide these alongside full reports and how to approach them. Internally we are taking a different approach as we are planning areas most conducive to noise and making sure they are having the correct Systems in place to prevent noise breakout. We are almost on every occasion working internally with our Sound Absorption range too.
We are able to provide 'Partition Designs' that combine our systems with your structure to showcase potential acoustic performance values. We are able to look at the projected airborne and impact performances of various depths of concrete slabs across the different structural concrete. We put these alongside the layering of our various wall, floors and ceiling soundproofing systems. We are also able to do this with existing builds when we have the previous structure design with the relevant information.
Flanking transmission or flanking noise is where sound takes an alternative path, which varies from room to room, and structure to structure - no two are alike! When open cavities great, small or adjacent to the area you are covering, for example, a stud frame below and adjacent to the room of a floor and ceiling partition that is left empty or untreated, that becomes a weak point. We help to advise on these areas and provide options that range from installing Acoustic Mineral Wool between the studs to using varying wall and ceiling soundproofing systems to get it under control.
The MuteCradle™ serves as both a floor-levelling system, and as a way to vastly improve impact noise and airborne noise issues. For over screed use to create a floating floor construction.
The MuteCradle™ serves as both a floor-levelling system and as a way to vastly improve impact noise and airborne noise issues. For over screed use to create a floating floor construction.
Combining Tecsound and our MuteBoard™ 3, this system is another option for direct fitting to brick and block walls. This upgrade is for addressing everyday noise issues in homes and workplaces.
For decoupling the structure to increase airborne performance and to reducing vibration by introducing the use of an isolated stud frame. For homes and workplaces
For decoupling the structure to enhance airborne performance, this system is great for tight budget projects with limited room space. For both homes and workplaces.
The addition of Tecsound to MuteMat™ 3 combines to give a greater airborne reduction while still addressing problems with impact noise. Information on floor finishes found on the System.
For new and existing frames that separate rooms, MuteBoard™ 4 is an upgrade to MuteBoard™ 3. Its four layers helps to protect against airborne noise in tight fitted areas in homes and workplaces.
Our MuteClip® helps to decouple from the wall, and with this system, you will gain a high level of protection against airborne noise for the space lost, while also minimising vibration.
Joist ceiling soundproofing to help level uneven joists while retaining the same performance as our standard MuteClip®. An upgrade to our MuteClip® XP Single for reducing airborne and impact noise.
A high performing soundproof system for joist ceilings to reduce airborne and impact noise. Covers most requirements in soundproofing with our versatile MuteClip®. No need for additional studs.
Directly fitted to the concrete slab, this is our highest performing system with this method. Tackling airborne and impact noise issues that are in excess, it is perfect for the home and workplace.
Incredible soundproof ceiling solution against both airborne and impact noise. Used everywhere between very problematic neighbour noise to studio builds and even in industrial and gym complexes.
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®
A slim and effective solution to gain high levels of protection against impact noise, as well as airborne noise. Used where impact noises are the biggest issue around footsteps and general vibration
A wall soundproofing solution using our MuteClip® for decoupling, it provides protection against light vibration and muffled levels of airborne noise. For tightly fitted residences and workplaces.
Our best wall soundproof solution that does not use stud framing, but our MuteClip® for decoupling. For problematic levels of airborne noise and medium levels of vibration in the home or workplace.
Independent wall solution using both stud frame and MuteClip® for isolation. It is a high performing system that protects against raise airborne noise and vibration found in homes and workplaces.
Joist ceiling soundproofing option minimising the loss of height while giving the same performance as our standard MuteClip®. An upgrade to MuteClip® LP Single for reducing airborne and impact noise.
Our most robust concrete over screed for addressing impact noise. This is an upgrade from our 5mm solution and is easy to install across various floor finishes with 94% recycled material.
Applicable for both new and existing stud frames separating rooms, this system offers decoupling with our MuteClip® that helps to reduce light vibration and improve airborne performance.
With new or existing stud frames separating rooms, this decoupling system by MuteClip® provides great levels against problematic vibration and increased airborne performance in the home and workplace.
With new or existing stud frames separating rooms, this decoupling system by MuteClip® provides the best soundproofing against vibration and high levels of airborne noise in the home and workplace.
Independent wall solution that uses our MuteClip®. Highest performance against reducing airborne noise and forms of vibration for homes and workspaces searching for a peaceful environment.
Combining our Tecsound, MuteMat™ 3 and our dense floorboarding, you will be tackling even the most stubborn of airborne and impact noises. More floor finish information on the System.
Combining three floor soundproofing materials including a very dense floorboarding, all together significantly reduces airborne and impact noise. More floor finishes information within.
A slim and easy to install system for tackling airborne and impact noise issues. System thickness will need to consider floor finishes which you can find out more on our System.