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The construction standards of schools have been raised significantly to improve the environment in which our children are taught. An area of particular interest, which is maybe not immediately obvious, is that teaching and learning are both acoustically demanding activities.
Detailed research has demonstrated that poor acoustics adversely affect both teaching and learning.
The acoustic conditions in schools are controlled by Part E of the Building Regulations, School Premises Regulations and the Independent School Standards, which apply to new and existing schools. School premises are also subject to the Equality Act.
Requirement E4 from Part E of Schedule 1 to the Building Regulations 2010 (as amended by Statutory Instrument, SI 2002/2871) states:
“Each room or other space in a school building shall be designed and constructed in such a way that it has the acoustic conditions and the insulation against disturbance by noise appropriate to its intended use.”
It is compulsory for schools and is also widely adopted for other educational buildings.
NSL have extensive experience with all types of educational buildings, from creches to colleges, and can provide comprehensive advice to those involved in their design and construction.