Building Regulations Document E 2003 now includes schools within its scope. This implies that all school buildings are now subject to detailed design checks and on-site inspections by building control officers to ensure that the Performance Standards in Section 1 of BB93 have been met.
Requirement E4: Acoustics in Schools
(Approved Document E 2003)
“In the secretary of states view, the normal way of satisfying Requirement E4 will be to meet the values for sound insulation, reverberation time, and internal ambient noise which are given in section 1 of Building Bulletin 93” (Section 8 of Approved Document E 2003: Acoustic Conditions in schools)
Section 1 of Building Bulletin 93 describes the ‘Specification of acoustic performance’. This section gives the performance targets for compliance with the Requirements from Part E of the Building Regulations 2000.
BB93 Section 1.1 –Performance Standards
1.1.1 Indoor ambient noise levels in unoccupied spaces
1.1.2 Airborne sound insulation between spaces
1.1.3 Airborne sound insulation between circulation spaces and other spaces used by students
1.1.4 Impact sound insulation on floors
1.1.5 Reverberation in teaching and study spaces
1.1.6 Sound absorption in corridors, entrance halls and stairwells
1.1.7 Speech intelligibility in open plan spaces.
Our team of experienced consultants will work with the design team, to ensure the requirements of BB93 are achieved. This will involve a series of detailed reports designing the acoustic requirements of BB93. A number of design team meetings will be required to ensure the client and design team fully understand the implications of the reports to satisfy the requirements of BB93.
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