How was it done? We used both on-site CLT test data and extensive modelling (using proprietary software and internal principle calculation) to review and assess the sound insulation design from all angles. Additionally the layout was also reviewed with the structural engineer to determine the extent of the CLT span and thus determine the re-radiation from the exposed surfaces. From this, we achieved a highly accurate understanding which enabled detailed advice in regards to the placement of strategic breaks in CLT slab, linings to the slabs as well as specifying minimum slab thicknesses. In addition, the method of structural connection was reviewed to minimize flanking.
Open Plan Learning
The removal of walls means that we have to focus on STI as a key design parameter, and on communication as our tool to ensure that the open plan spaces are correctly designed. Our logic being that if the acoustic design is not bought into, it will not be implemented, resulting in a space that is not fit for purpose.
Entitled, “A common Multi-disciplinary visualization of sound and air in low carbon building realizes modern building design intent fully”.
Acoustic challenges such as planned hotels and residential accommodation surrounding the Ice Arena, mean that noise break-out from the arena is a major concern. The ability to play high sound levels within the spaces is directly linked to the building revenue stream.
These factors are now accommodated into the design essence of the building. Specializing in “Acoustics for facades”, MACH was able to model the acoustic performance of the proposals and provide alternatives could reduce costs and reduce risk to the project, whilst maximizing the overall stability of the development.
The modeling process was subsequently used to tune and adapt finishes within the Arenas, maximizing their potential flexibility, resulting in a dynamic building making the most of its potential revenue. The architectural appearance, thermal performance and acoustic insulation provided by the façade, are all integrated together within this project.
Material selection and reducing the level of embodied energy – sheeps wool used in thermafleece is often a preferred option