The challenges of developing construction and how Specifiers can future-proof their designs
How does the construction sector adapt to changes with the industry?
Hush Acoustics believe that by challenging industry norms and creating continuous innovative acoustic solutions, it is possible to design soundproofing within the construction process that stands the test of time and copes with any future changes. We believe that our forward-thinking approach will allow specifiers to foresee trends and to ensure their designs are ‘future-proof’.
Evolution of the urban environment and habitation
The rise in popularity of new build multi-occupancy residential buildings being developed within towns and cities highlights the shift of people wanting to live in more urban environments. Here, modern apartments are designed and furnished to embrace a more open-plan living arrangement. Carpets have been replaced by hard flooring. Walls making up separate rooms have been replaced by larger open spaces. Ornaments and other interior furnishings have been replaced by a generally more minimalist approach to décor.
Effects of these new developments on acoustic capabilities
All the above factors result in significantly reduced acoustic capabilities of interiors which in turn leads to higher levels of reverberation, impact noises and flanking transmission levels. These noise levels occur because of deficiencies in construction and design of such residential buildings. Even though they may comply with UK Building Regulations Approved Document E (England & Wales), Section 5 of the Scottish Building Standards (Scotland) and Approved Part G (Northern Ireland), it suggests that building regulations do not conform to modern living standards.
What does this mean for specifiers?
The two most important factors to consider when designing future-proof acoustic solutions in build projects are to fully understand the principles of acoustics i.e. the causes of impact, airborne and flanking transmission noise levels, and what acoustic products and systems can be used to reduce such noise sources. The second factor is for specifiers and all industry professionals to embrace and adopt the new technologies available and integrating them into the project specifications and designs.
Future-proof soundproofing and effective specification
By truly understanding the basic principles of acoustics, specifiers are then able to design innovative acoustic solutions that embrace changing social trends. Minimalism is currently on-trend and larger open spaces and hardwood flooring mean reverberation levels are ever increasing.
Sound refractions bounce easily off the hard surfaces causing uncomfortable background noise levels. By creating effective acoustic solutions into early design concepts and incorporating the most suitable acoustic material, specifiers can create soundproofing solutions that are effective in significantly reducing reverberation and impact noise levels.
New Technologies – Building Information Modelling (BIM)
The introduction of BIM is a significant technological development and involves a more collaborative and cohesive approach to designing buildings; enabling a seamless transition of information through the project lifecycle.
For specifiers, BIM is crucial in providing a more innovative approach to soundproofing solutions within build projects and can be an important tool in safeguarding their specifications in future build projects.
Implications of Prefabricated Constructions
Another technological advancement that specifiers need to be aware of is the rise of prefabricated constructions, where building components are constructed off-site and then engineered together on-site. By developing acoustic solutions into early design prefabrication concepts, it safeguards their relevance and effectiveness in the construction process.
How can Hush Acoustics Help You?
We design acoustic products and systems that far exceed Building Regulations and are much more focused on modern lifestyles and future trends, rather than simply complying with Building Regulations.
Our friendly and experienced team works closely with specifiers and contractors to develop acoustic solutions for all budgets and for all interior styles.