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Acoustic Performance – Case Studies

“Steel residential buildings demonstrate excellent acoustic performance”

 The first in the series, these four case studies, provide actual acoustic test data from developments using steel construction of various forms. Each case study includes details of project, construction, walls and floor, junctions and acoustic testing. Also, included is a list of useful publications. The Building Regulations and Approved Document E set minimum standards of acoustic performance for the walls and floors in multi occupancy residential developments; in each case they were significantly exceeded.

 

 

 

 

 


Case Study 1:
The Waterfront, Grantham: Steel frame with composite floors

  • Major new residential complex
  • A hot-rolled steel frame with composite beams, composite floor slabs using metal decking and light steel infill walls
  • Exceeded Building Regulation performance by 10 dB for airborne sound and 19 dB for impact sound

Case Study 2:
St Peters Court, Bristol: Steel frame with precast floors

  • Mixed use development comprising 86 residential units, a health centre, offices, library and restaurant
  • A hot-rolled steel frame, Bison precast concrete floor units and light steel stud separating walls
  • Exceeded Building Regulation performance by 9 dB for airborne sound and 15 dB for impact sound

Case Study 3:
The Paragon Project, London: High rise modular construction

  • Europe’s tallest modular structure, comprising five buildings ranging from 4 to17 stories in height
  • The frames of the modules are a hybrid of hot-rolled and light steel
  • Exceeded Building Regulation performance by 3 dB for airborne sound and 8 dB for impact sound

Case Study 4:
Light steel floors with Gyvlon screed

  • Two separate projects using Gyvlon screed floors were tested for acoustic performance
  • The floors consisted of Gyvlon, a self-levelling synthetic anhydrite screed and light steel lattice floor joists
  • Exceeded Building Regulation performance by 6 dB for airborne sound and 8 dB for impact sound

Catalogue Reference:  P371
Author:  A G J Way and R M Lawson

PRICES:
Non-member £16   Member £8 (plus P&P)
Full colour, A4, 4pp self-cover brochures in a clear plastic wallet, November 2007

 

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