Acoustic design advice for health sector buildings
Acoustic design is fundamental to the quality of healthcare buildings. Good acoustic conditions improve patient privacy, dignity and promote suitable sleep patterns. Good acoustics are therefore essential to assist healing. Good acoustic design of healthcare facilities brings additional benefits in terms of patient or staff comfort and morale, as well as improved efficiency and usability building spaces and equipment.
The acoustic requirements for health sector buildings (e.g. doctors’ surgeries, care homes, health centres and hospitals) are provided by the Department of Health Specialist Services publication Health Technical Memorandum 08-01: Acoustics.
Sound Solution Consultants (SSC) can provide detailed acoustic guidance for the development of healthcare facilities in accordance with Department of Health guidance HTM-08-01. Design guidance should be provided from the outline project stage to include:
- Noise levels in rooms
- External noise levels
- Sound insulation between rooms
- Impact sound insulation
- Room Acoustics
- Audio systems
- Audiology facilities
- Vibration caused by plant and equipment
Testing and validation
SSC can provide testing and validation services for health sector buildings. A testing programme should be agreed prior to attempting (which should ideally exist prior to construction).
- Sound Insulation (UKAS accredited to BS EN ISO 140-4 and BS EN ISO 140-7 at any customer site)
- Noise levels generated by mechanical and electrical services
- Intrusive noise
- Audio system intelligibility
- Environmental noise
- Audiometric testing rooms
In the event of a failure to meet the project’s acoustic criteria, consultancy advice can be provided to achieve a suitable design standard.