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Acoustic design advice for health sector buildings

Healthcare Buildings HTM-08-01 also known as the Health Technical Memorandum 08-01: Acoustics, was issued by the Department of Health Specialist Service. It covers the acoustic requirements for healthcare sector buildings such as doctors’ surgeries, care homes, health centres and hospitals.

Acoustic design is fundamental to the quality of healthcare buildings. Good acoustic conditions improve patient privacy, dignity and promote suitable sleep patterns. Which are essential to assist healing. As well as other additional benefits such as patient or staff comfort and morale. It can also help improve efficiency and usability of building spaces and equipment.

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 for Healthcare Buildings HTM-08-01

SSC can provide testing and validation services for health sector buildings. A testing programme should be agreed prior to works being completed. Ideally prior to construction. By getting us involved from the start it will avoid any unnecessary costs and delays in project turnaround. When looking at acoustics things such as room layout, wall thickness, floor finishes, windows, doors etc. can all have an impact on the acoustics of the room. So, it is always best to get involved from the start. We believe in a holistic approach to acoustic design.  Working alongside your architects, builders, and developers to ensure a seamless integration of acoustic compliance.

Testing services we can provide include:  

  • Sound Insulation (UKAS accredited 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.

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