Most developments require a planning application. When the development affects or can be affected by the acoustic environment then an assessment is required.
dBC are vastly experienced in assessing and reporting for planning applications. We have considered every scale of development from a single house, multi dwelling housing estates, shopping centres, schools, medical centres right up to new onshore substations to ensure a smooth passage through planning.
Based upon education, training and experience our consultants provide high quality acoustic consultancy for residential, commercial, and industrial clients.
Our work ranges from single residents to multi-national corporations with all projects given the same attention to detail and we offer services including measurement, prediction, assessment, analysis, mitigation, recommendations, advice, and assurance.
All consultants are full Members of the Institute of Acoustics MIOA.
Most of our work starts with a noise survey. The kind of noise survey depends on the type of assessment required. Survey work can be source measurement for a housing development and response to complaint or semi-permanent monitoring to determine noise levels over an extended period.
We have surveyed large industrial plant, centre of a field, by a road or railway, night or day.
Noise control for internal spaces is an important arm of acoustics. Building Regulations 2010 Part E dictates the minimal sound insulation conditions for party walls and floors and outlines the sound testing requirements to prove compliance.
dBC will assess architectural plans for new build and conversion projects where we look at wall, floor, ceiling, columns, common areas, reverberation time and steel encasement design and give recommendations where designs do not meet Building Regulations.
dBC use CadnaA noise modelling software to help with site assessment. Models are constructed from site survey data, manufacturer’s data, drawing files and topographical input. A model simplifies a complex site or situation.
Consultants use models to identify dominant noise sources, predict receptor levels and determine the effectiveness of mitigation measures e.g. barriers, screens and enclosures.
Sound & Air Testing are important requirements for new and converted properties. In a competitive market dBC use fully trained and experienced testing teams to ensure a quality and reliable testing throughout all stages of your development.
Ground-borne vibration monitoring is undertaken when existing properties or industrial premises are affected by vibration or when proposed development encroaches close to a source.
Common sources of vibration are railways, roads, drop forging, piling and blasting. Vibration has the potential to disrupt sensitive machinery, reduce the quality of life, cause cosmetic and structural damage.