Acoustical Design for Apartments
Noise is the number one complaint of residents in apartments. Traffic, entertainment systems, plumbing, and HVAC noises are only a few of the elements of acoustics in apartment design. Understanding the goal, scope, and vision of the project, along with the budget, ensures the outcome meets the needs of the residents.
Developing solutions which meet the level of performance and budget for the project are factors that must be successful. Over-selecting or under-selecting the acoustic performance of the party wall or the floor\ceiling assembly can make a big difference in the success of a project. Materials need to be durable and able to withstand long-term maintenance, yet economical and easily replaced. Equal consideration for inter-space noise control, interior space acoustics, the building skin envelope, and mechanical equipment noise is important when designing for sound and vibration control.
Our experienced personnel base our recommendations on three grades of residential construction, as established by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for airborne, plumbing, HVAC and impact noise control. We specialize in creating a multi-family environment free of intrusion from noise using established standards of acoustic performance for Luxury, Mid-Grade, or Acceptable sound isolation. We also provide reports to establish a checklist of acoustic issues by evaluating performance of the stairs, doors, plumbing, and light fixtures, which can introduce unwanted noise. Our experience includes an extensive portfolio of apartment and multi-family sites developed and tested to achieve the design expectation. Our team provides expertise at each step in the project, from design, through construction, to post-construction consultation. We pride ourselves in ensuring the highest performance is achieved at the lowest price.