BB93 (Building Bulletin '93) has had a significant impact on the design of new education buildings, and refurbishment work to existing schools and classrooms.
BB93 Guidelines - building regulations for schools
The importance of good acoustics in schools was recognised as early as 1975 with BB51 'Acoustics in Education Buildings'; and with constructional standards within BB87 taken as the mode for acoustics in Schools requirements were rarely enforced, remaining simply as recommendations.
The overall aim of BB93 is to:
- provide a regulatory framework for the acoustic design of schools in support of the Building Regulations
To achieve good acoustics in the classroom which is also industry compliant is a complex and boundless task…
There are many problems and factors to take into consideration:
- noise transfer between rooms
- reverberant classrooms
- internal ambient noise levels
Each of these can be affected by external noise sources, such as road, air and train traffic, and impact sound from footfall above.
Sound Control Services have created tailored solutions for both new and existing schools, providing project assistance to ensure compliance and meaningful acoustic design.
Whether it is the introduction of acoustic treatment to control high levels of sound reverberation in a gymnasium or drama hall, sound absorbers to improve speech intelligibility within the classroom or a custom designed practice room or recording studio for the music department, Sound Control Services Ltd have a wealth of experience dealing with the control of sound within the educational environment. All of our recommendations are aimed at ensuring compliance with the requirements of Building Bulletin 93, Acoustic Design of Schools.
To download the Building Bulletin 93 'Acoustic Design of Schools' please follow on screen instruction from the following link: www.teachernet.gov.uk/acoustics