HTM 08-01 sets out acoustic criteria for the design and management of new healthcare facilities.
Acoustic design is fundamental to the quality of healthcare buildings. Sound affects us both physiologically and psychologically. Noise, which can be defined as “unwanted sound”, can increase heart rate, blood pressure, respiration rate and even blood cholesterol levels. Pleasant sounds help create a sense of well-being. Music can be used to treat depression, to reach autistic people and to calm and relax tense patients.
Good acoustic conditions improve patient privacy and dignity, and promote essential sleep patterns. Such conditions are key to healing. Good acoustic design brings other benefits in terms of patient and staff comfort and morale, as well as improved efficiency and usability of equipment.
Through on-site noise monitoring we determine the noise levels around your site. With this data we can design the building envelope to ensure adequate internal noise levels are achieved. We only use industry standard Class 1 sound level meters and measure over all relevant time periods to gain a thorough view of the noise climate surrounding your development.
HTM 08-01 specifies the following main criteria :
. Internal Ambient Noise Levels (IANLSs)
. Sound insulation between spaces
. Sound Insulation from external noise
. Reverberation times
Through extensive use of SonArchitect acoustic design software we acoustically design your facility room by room no matter how simple or complex. We can also design individual partitions to achieve the specified sound insulation criteria set out in HTM08, and introduce them into the overall model. Changes can be made on the fly to reflect material choices and design changes. Reverberation is controlled by internal surface coverings which can also be tailored to use.
We also have the equipment and expertise to carry out the pre-completion testing and provide the necessary reporting to get the project signed off acoustically.