School Acoustics

Echoes of Silence: Transforming Educational Spaces for Better Learning

By |2024-05-13T10:37:46+00:00April 20th, 2024|School Acoustics|

The significance of acoustics in educational environments cannot be overstated. A well-designed acoustic environment enhances the clarity of speech, maintains student attention, and improves overall learning outcomes. Studies have shown that poor acoustics can lead to reduced comprehension, increased teacher and student stress, and even long-term educational deficits. This blog will explore the essential principles of educational acoustics and how schools can transform their learning environments through effective acoustic solutions. The Impact of Poor Acoustics on Learning Poor acoustics in educational [...]

Acoustics and Learning: How to improve the learning environment?

By |2021-03-02T12:01:40+00:00November 8th, 2020|Reverberation Time, BB93, School Acoustics|

Our acoustic environment has a profound impact on how we process and absorb information, both through the affect on our ability to hear and also our ability to concentrate. People can only put up with noise for so long before it becomes extremely annoying and disrupts their cognitive learning process. Noise can be a big problem with open plan classrooms, halls and libraries, with high levels of noise pollution coming from various sources at the one time.  Acoustics and Learning The [...]

5 Of The Best Acoustic Solutions For Sports Halls

By |2024-04-06T07:16:30+00:00August 17th, 2015|Acoustic Panels, Reverberation Time, School Acoustics|

Sports halls need special consideration when they are being acoustically treated - meaning that the right combination of acoustic panels must be chosen. This is for four reasons: Sports halls usually have particularly poor acoustics due to their designs: high impact surfaces like concrete and brick are highly noise reflective and lead to prolonged reverberation times. Sports halls are usually large cubes with no soft surfaces - making them harsh sound environments. Parallel surfaces, typically far away from each other, mean noise is efficiently propelled around [...]

Sound & The Anatomy Of The Ideal Classroom

By |2021-03-16T13:59:55+00:00April 14th, 2015|BB93, School Acoustics|

Late last year a group of US scientists took it upon themselves to discover the anatomy of the perfect classroom. Their findings included: Natural light is critical to student satisfaction and academic performance. Even after controlling for socioeconomic and race factors, students exposed to more sunlight performed 2% - 26% better in numeracy and literacy tests compared to students in classrooms with little to no sunlight. The ideal temperature for a classroom is between 20 - 23 degrees Celsius. The performance of [...]

BB93 Update: What You Need To Know

By |2020-10-20T14:34:31+00:00December 4th, 2014|BB93, School Acoustics|

Update: The BB93 Update was officially released on December 19, 2014. Access it here. Since its introduction in 2003, BB93 guidelines have set the standard for acoustic design and requirements in UK schools. However, it has been obvious for sometime that the guidelines have failed to stay up-to-date with the modernisation of schools and the continuing complexity of these spaces - leading to the announcement of a comprehensive review of the guidelines back in 2008. Well, after more than five years, the updated [...]

The Use of Acoustic Panels as Notice Boards – Ecophon’s Safety Assurance

By |2017-08-11T11:13:18+00:00May 2nd, 2014|Office Acoustics, School Acoustics|

Notice Boards are often at the heart of offices, schools and other working environments creating hubs for notices, work and other important documents. Whilst acoustic panels are, practically speaking, ideal for use as notice boards little has been researched into the safety of using sound absorbers as display panels. When pins are used on acoustic panels, a tiny amount of glass wool can potentially be omitted into the surrounding atmosphere – too much of this could be dangerous to room users. Particular concern [...]

School Acoustics and BB93 – What’s New for 2014?

By |2017-08-11T11:16:05+00:00February 3rd, 2014|School Acoustics|

It’s no surprise that a lot of time and research goes into studying school acoustics – it’s believed that in severe cases students cannot hear up to 70% of the consonants spoken by a teacher (Source: Department for Education). The learning process is massively hindered by poor room acoustics as it affects the performance of both the teaching staff and the pupils. BB93 – an overview Growing awareness of the importance of good acoustics in schools led to the publication of Building Bulletin [...]