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Introduction to Building Services Acoustics

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The training course will explain the common acoustic noise sources in building services, paths of noise transmission and how noise can be controlled

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Understanding acoustics is important in many areas of building services and this course aims to provide an introduction to the topic of acoustics.

The course will explain common noise sources, paths of noise transmission and how noise can be controlled. There will be explanation of acoustic terminology such as sound power levels, sound pressure levels, the decibel unit, frequency, A-Weighting, noise rating (NR) curves, sound transmission, attenuation, and sound insulation. Vibration will also be explained in the course, as well as the impact of noise and vibration on occupants of buildings.

A description of relevant acoustic test standards and legislation will be given. Worked examples and exercises will be used during the course to assist participants with learning and implementing an understanding of acoustics.

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Who should attend

This course is suitable for anyone who requires an introduction to acoustics, including manufacturers, designers and installers.


This course aims to:

  • Provide delegates with an introduction to acoustics
  • Explain acoustic terminology
  • Demonstrate using practical examples of how noise can be controlled
  • Provide sources of further information such as standards and websites

Content and timings

The following topics will be covered:

• Noise sources
• Paths of noise transmission
• Sound power level and sound pressure level
• The decibel unit
• Calculating noise levels
• Noise rating and noise criterion curves
• Sound transmission, attenuation and insulation
• Vibration
• Impact of noise and vibration on building occupants
• Acoustic test standards
• Acoustic considerations when installing and commissioning
• Noise control
• Part E of the Building Regulations: Resistance to the passage of sound
• Building Bulletin 93: Acoustic design of schools
• Environmental assessment schemes


Delegates are provided with a copy of all the slides presented and a copy of BSRIA Guide BG 41/2012 Understanding Acoustic Performance Data


Rebecca Hogg MIOA – Rebecca is the Acoustic Consultant working in BSRIA Test. She has responsibility for managing and carrying out the UKAS accredited laboratory acoustic testing, and heat pumps and air conditioning product testing, as well as carrying out on-site and witness testing. Rebecca is a Member of the Institute of Acoustics.

In-company training

This course can also be run in-company. We can customise the courses to meet the training needs of your staff. For more information, or for a quote email

Product details

  • Publisher: BSRIA