Guide To School Acoustics

School Acoustics

School holidays are approaching and its time to improve your pupils acoustic comfort.

This document has been produced by the Institute of Acoustics and the Association of Noise Consultants to provide supporting guidance and recommendations on the acoustic design of new and refurbished schools. It replaces the guidance previously published in the 2003 edition
of Building Bulletin 93: Acoustic Design of Schools.

The revised constructional acoustic performance standards for new and refurbished school buildings are given in the Department of Education publication Acoustic Design of Schools:

Performance Standards, Building Bulletin 93, published in 20141. The performance standards in Building Bulletin 93 provide the normal means of
compliance with the following:

• Requirement E4 of Part E of the Building Regulations;
• The School Premises Regulations 2012.
• Independent Schools Standards 2013.

For pupils and staff with special communication needs it may be necessary to make reasonable adjustments under the Equality Act of 2010 and Part M of the Building Regulations. To meet the Building Regulations school buildings must comply with the performance standards in Building
Bulletin 93 for indoor ambient noise levels, reverberation time and sound insulation. The School Premises Regulations (SPR) and Independent Schools Standards (ISS) govern the performance in use of school buildings, including speech intelligibility in teaching areas and operational noise
levels. To comply with the SPR and ISS, open plan spaces must meet the performance standards in Building Bulletin 93 for the Speech Transmission Index.

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