Acoustics | The Basics
Wednesday, May 18th, 2011  | posted by

Room acoustics is all about the way in which sound waves behave in a room.

 

These behaviors can be simplified and described as follows: -

 

Sound Transmission – the change in sound after travelling through a wall, ceiling or floor of a room

Sound Absorption - the absorbency of sound on of a surface within a room

Sound Diffusion – the diffusion of sound waves by textured surfaces in a room

Sound Reflection – the direction or reflection of sound as it bounces off a surface in a room

 

Room acoustics also includes how we perceive and experience different acoustic environments and sounds. Building acoustics also covers sound insulation, where the route that the sound takes from a room to adjacent areas is included.

 

Room Acoustics

Room Acoustics

Acoustic Solutions | Interior Acoustic Design
Wednesday, May 18th, 2011  | posted by

There are many reasons why acoustics should be considered as one of the key elements for any refurbishment or new build. The type of acoustic solutions or acoustic treatments required, depends on a whole host of factors including the most obvious like the use of the space. Good acoustic design, well thought out, with the use of the space considered correctly – helps produce the best acoustic environment.

Acoustic CAD Design
Acoustic Design using AutoCAD

Often domestic sound proofing specifications are generic and are repeated in acoustician’s reports and recommendations for new builds and refurbishments. Using proven manufacturers materials and installation methods most new build specifications deal with the stopping of the transfer of sound through walls, floors and ceilings. These sound proofing elements are crucial to ensure that the dwellings achieve part E regulations in the UK.

Acousticel

Acousticel M20AD - Wall Sound Proofing Material

It is important to have all of the relevant information before approaching any acoustic design solution. The following pieces of acoustic assessment information are critical to achieving acoustic comfort: -

 

1. Use of the space in order to determine recommended RT time (reverberation time)

2. If applicable, building regulations and requirements eg. (part E building regulations), BB93 (School acoustics)

3. Existing / proposed surface finishes – walls, ceilings and floors

4. Clients own thoughts on design and finishes

5. Acousticians / consultants report and test results – if available

 

With as much of this information as possible the next phase is to carry out an assessment to determine the location of any sound proofing or sound absorbing treatment and the available wall, ceiling and floor space this can be implemented.

Acoustic Design for Walls
Design for Acoustic Wall Panelling in TelePresence facility

ReSpace Acoustics believe that good acoustic design can not only create a comfortable eating, listening, living, sleeping or working environment – but also provide a feature to any interior with endless design opportunities and new and exciting acoustic products on the market.

Soundwave Flo

Soundwave Flo Acoustic Wall Panels

Cisco Telepresence | Complete Room Build
Wednesday, May 04th, 2011  | posted by

Cisco’s TelePresence a room build project was awarded to ReSpace by global food & drink producers PepsiCo. The Cisco room build guidelines are strict, this project was managed by ReSpace from design to completion.

 

ReSpace found that the room acoustics were as important as any other build element while undertaking this project. Precision, quality and strict guidelines are invaluable in order to create this kind of successful TelePresence fit-out room build.

 

Completed TelePresence Room

 

All rooms must be built to the exact same size and specification even the paint colour must match. The idea is that you feel you are in the same room as somebody who could be the other side of Earth.

 

Big companies with a global presence use virtual meeting facilitiessuch as Cisco TelePresence systems. This allows them to have virtual meetings with staff, customers and suppliers anywhere in the world without unnecessary environmental and financial cost of travel. The cost of the equipment and the required room build is significant and the manufacturers insist that the strict room build guidelines are adhered to and ensuring that the client gets the most from the system. Good quality acoustics are imperative for the users experience.

 

With some scope allowed to enhance the Cisco build guidelines we developed an acoustic solution which provided the perfect acoustic environment for these facilities. The ceiling is out of shot from the cameras so we introduced a sound absorbing floating acoustic ceiling called Ecophon Wing, with Focus Ds concealed grid ceiling tiles. This created a flag-ship feel to the room and also allowed us to introduce feature LED lighting the perimeter and DOT indirect modular fittings into the raft.

 

Ecophon Focus Ds Wing Floating Ceiling

 

To the walls we applied Class A sound absorbing acoustic panels by Ecophon. The wall panel C system finished with glass fibre Texona fabric in light beige was a perfect match TelePresence installations already in the US.

 

Ecophon Wall Panel C Texona Acoustic Panels

 

Before the equipment can be shipped for installation the newly built room must pass a Cisco CTX inspection test, which includes lighting lux levels and acoustics it was clear that this solution provided both with flying coloursmeaning there is always two wows, one for the equipment and one for the room.

 

The installation was a success with complete customer satisfaction.

 

Ecophon Solo | Stunning Sound Absorption
Wednesday, May 04th, 2011  | posted by

In our opinion Ecophon Solo is by far the most effective sound absorbing hanging system available anywhere. We have used it to transform noisy, echoing spaces for years. It offers limitless design opportunities and class A sound absorption.

Circular Master Solo

Circular Master Solo

 

Where increased sound absorption and noise reduction is required in highly reverberant spaces, Ecophon Solo is the perfect solution. We have completed many projects including offices and schools where increased speech intelligibility and speech clarity are important – Ecophon Solo has helped to achieve room acoustic comfort whilst giving the ceiling a new aesthetic dimension.

Square Solo Panels

Square Master Solo


Ecophon Solo can be successfully integrated with lighting, is available with 3 different suspension systems and is aslo available in a huge array of colours including the Akutex FT matte surface finish.

Master Solo Random Installation

 

Solo is now available in 10 standard geometric shapes and now – you can create you own shape!. This creates a creative freedom in interior acoustic ceiling design which is unique in the acoustic product market place. The option to form virtually any shape in the Solo panel has only been introduced by Ecophon recently (2011) and we expect this create even more excitement around this already hugely successful and popular acoustic product.

Master Solo Square & Rectangular

Master Solo Square & Rectangular

 

 

Acoustic Ceilings in Schools | 5 Key Benefits…
Monday, April 04th, 2011  | posted by

The benefits of using sound absorbing acoustic ceiling systems in schools can be explained in the following 5 key benefits: -

 

1. COMMUNICATION: – A quiet sound environment helps to encourage children to listen and take part in discussion with speech at low levels. Effective sound absorbing ceilings provide a hugely beneficial environment for communication – and mean that students do not need to raise their voices.
2. CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT: – Teachers are able to control the numerous elements of classroom teaching far easier, a teacher can be less repetitive and more proactive in well designed acoustically sound environment. Good classroom acoustics allow teachers to much more easily identify the source of sound – allowing a more immediate and subtle solution to disturbance.

Lower sound, means lower stress for teachers in the classroom environment. The benefits of good acoustics for teaching staff health and well being throughout the school are ofter under estimated.

 

Gedina E

Gedina E

 

3. BEHAVIOR: – Classes can begin more quickly without the need to start with reprimanding students for being too noisy. An environment with a low reverberation allows the teacher to start a lesson positively. Clean and clear lines of sound discourages children from disrupting the class as it reduces anonymity. Non-classroom spaces are dramatically improved with good acoustics. Corridors for example can be made more pleasant and less hostile.

 

4. LEARNING: - Good hearing is obviously a major contributor to effective learning. When children can clearly hear, they will take part in discussions and are considerably more likely to remember what is being taught and thus applying what they learn. It seems simple – but it is amazing how detrimental to learning poor sound quality is.

 

Advantage A

Advantage A

 

5. NATURAL ENVIRONMENT: - Providing a natural envornment is the best way of nurturing a child’s ability to learn. Numerous studies have proved this unequivocally.

 

Focus A

Focus A

 

Supporting students hearing senses in the school environment has to be one of the most important elements when considering the school design. This is why the government in the UK introduced the BB93 building regulation in 2003, requiring all schools to make provision to ensure the correct acoustic conditions for learning. This regulation was brought in because studies showed that children are suffering due to their inability to hear clearly in teaching spaces.

ReSpace Acoustics provide that solution to new school build projects. But what about the existing schools that are still suffering? We are also helping many schools that suffer from poor acoustics and will reach out to as many as we can this year with our schools campaign (summer 2011) – offering cost effective, highly effective school acoustic solutions to all types of education premises.

 

“The success of modern education lies in allowing children to share and discuss information. Providing the right acoustics will increase the quality of teaching and learning”

 

Class A sound absorbing acoustic ceilings are the ideal solution for providing the benefits we have outlined. The provide the largest uninterrupted surface for absorption.

 

Acoustics | how important?
Friday, March 11th, 2011  | posted by

We have noticed a gradual increase in the understanding of good interior acoustics… but still, many people do not appreciate or understand the full benefit of a quality acoustic environment.

Whether it be an office meeting room of school classroom – we strongly believe in good acoustics, so much so that we can honestly say that good acoustics are as important as quality lighting!

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Classroom Acoustics
Friday, March 11th, 2011  | posted by

ReSpace Acoustics improve the acoustics in school classrooms, making the environment acoustically comfortable for teaching staff and pupils.

Recent school classroom acoustic projects include the following: -

Wendell Park School

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

Chichester High School for Girls

A combination of class A sound absorbing acoustic panels and hanging acoustic panels, transformed these teaching spaces from being noisy and uncomfortable to acoustically comfortable – allowing teachers to be heard and students to maximise their teaching experience.

Feedback we have received from all of school classroom acoustic installations has been overwhelmingly positive – with teachers wondering how they coped with the highly reverberant environment before our acoustic treatment.

The benefits of good acoustics in schools, especially classroom acoustics cannot be underestimated. BB93 legislation should not only apply to new school build projects but for all existing schools.

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Designer Acoustic Panels | Offecct Soundwave
Tuesday, March 08th, 2011  | posted by

When acoustics need improving in an area, why not introduce a stylish feature at the same time…

 

Offecct acoustic panels can solve your acoustic problem – and dramatically enhance aesthetics too!…

 

Soundwave Flo
Offecct Soundwave FLO Panel

 

 

The SOUNDWAVE® series of sculptural wall panels combines functionality with aesthetics and is specifically designed to enhance the acoustic properties of any interior used for human communication and social interaction, such as offices, restaurants, conference rooms, foyers etc. While most acoustic products are concealed in the fabric of the interior, soundwave sculptural panels resembe 3D wallpaper, making acoustic control a visible dimension of environmental design and easy to apply even in existing spaces.

 

Offecct Soundwave Swell

 

Acoustic Ceilings in Open-plan Offices…
Saturday, March 05th, 2011  | posted by

More and more architects and interior commercial office designers are appreciating the benefits of acoustic ceiling systems in open-plan office environments…

 

“ReSpace Acoustics are providing a perfect acoustic ceiling solution, designed supplied and installed at a comparable cost to a standard suspended ceiling”

 

We are able to offer class A acoustic ceiling systems, which are also aesthetically superior to conventional lay-in grid suspended ceiling systems. The most popular installations of late have been the competetively priced Ecophon ‘Advantage’ system with connect t24 grid… and the Ecophon ‘Focus Ds’ concealed grid system.

 

Ecophon Focus Ds

Ecophon Focus Ds

 

Contact us for more information on the benefits of class A acoustic ceiling systems in open-plan office enviroments…

Clipso Stretched Fabric Ceiling – 3D
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Kvadrat Clouds
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Ecophon LP Linear Acoustic Ceiling
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Acoustic Panels & Hanging Acoustic Panels – “together a fantastic force against room reverberation”…
Monday, February 14th, 2011  | posted by

Last year we were contacted by many companies experiencing echo problems in their key meeting spaces, we have found the most effective solution has been the use of a combination of Class A sound absorbing wall panels and sound absorbing suspended acoustic panels

"Acoustic Solution for Architects Meeting Room"

A combination of sound abosorbing ceiling suspended panels and acoustc wall panels

In every case, the feed-back was of amazement – the combination of vertical and horizontal class A sound absorbing products from market leading Swedish manufacturer Ecophon has made a dramatic improvement to the acoustic comfort of the space.

In the modern meeting space – the clarity of sound and speech is critical to a high quality a meeting environment. Particularly with the investment made in video conferencing equipment and teleconferencing equipment.

In 2010, ReSpace undertook the complete design to completion build of a Cisco TelePresence virtual global teleconferencing facilities, for a global client in the UK. Consideration of acoustics for TelePresence rooms is such an important element, which is why ReSpace Acoustics where awarded the full build…

"TelePresence Acoustics"

TelePresence Acoustics

A combination of the floating ceiling system Ecophon ‘Wing’ with integrated ‘Dot’ lighting and the high end Wall Panel C acoustic wall panelling system, provided a striking high end and high performing acoustic environment.

We believe, that without good acoustics – the use and investment made in the AV and Telco. technology is not being maximised.

The ReSpace Acoustics blog – “echo killing”… that’s our mission for 2011…
Monday, February 14th, 2011  | posted by

ReSpace Mission Statement…

 

1. Continue our 100% success rate of positive feedback though solving our clients acoustics problems and sound control issues.

 

2. Provide the best possible design solutions, blend in with the current space decor or make a stylish feature using the best acoustic products on the market.

 

3. Provide value for money with a one stop shop solution for acoustic problems in all types of buildings. FREE acoustic survey, assessment, design and quotation service.

 

Just some of our completed acoustic installations can be seen in our acoustic case studies section… http://www.respace-acoustics.co.uk/case-studies/

 

Sound!

AKA | Meeting Room Acoustic Solution
Tuesday, January 25th, 2011  | posted by

ReSpace Acoustics were contacted by AKA Shaftesbury Avenue, London to provide an acoustic solution for their conference room.

 

The acoustics in the conference room were entirely unsuitable, rendering the room unusable, especially for long-distance conference calls.

 

Ecophon Wall Panel C

 

ReSpace Acoustics provided a successful acoustic solution through the installations of Ecophon Wall Panel A (with WP profile trim) and Ecophon Master Solo Ceiling rafts. The wall panels where chosen in colours that would complement the rooms aesthetics.

 

The complete installation was a success and has made this conference room a sound sonic environment for the customer and enabling valuable space to be used effectively for the business into the future.

Hello echoey world!
Saturday, January 01st, 2011  | posted by

Welcome to the new ReSpace Acoustics blog…. comments on this and our website much appreciated… www.respace-acoustics.co.uk

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