Consulting, planning, Monitoring

Consulting, planning and construction supervision

Our experts know all of the relevant construction methods and the impact they have on sound insulation. Furthermore, you benefit from the knowledge we have gained at our test benches from testing products, and the practical experience of Müller-BBM’s measuring teams on the construction site.

We will accompany you from the rough design concepts to adjustment and verification of details and, if desired, supervise the construction of

Residential buildings and hotels

Protection from disturbing noise is a basic human need whether in your own living room or in a hotel. Inadequate sound insulation is often the cause of neighbourhood disputes, or disputes with the landlord or hotel guests. Defining sound insulation for the respective buildings is therefore a key aspect of building acoustics design. This includes adequate protection against noise from the adjoining neighbour's flat or hotel room as well as from external noise sources and from technical equipment within the building.

In this case, it is pertinent that the marketing needs of the client, even with superior standards of comfort, and the building and associated economic costs achieve the right balance. We guide you through the uncertain legal situation relative to acoustic requirements set out by construction and civil regulations.

The focus of Müller-BBM's building acoustics activities in residential and hotel constructions is:

  • counselling, verification and support during the preparation of building specifications in order to increase legal certainty,
  • consultation and establishment of the appropriate building-acoustical requirements for the particular object (e.g. according to DIN 4109, VDI 4100, agreements not subject to collective agreement provisions, increased noise protection),
  • information about basic structures that are flawless in terms of sound insulation levels,
  • information about basic structures that are flawless in terms of sound insulation levels,
  • review of building-acoustically relevant details of the basic and detailed design,
  • professional preparation of sound protection certificate or certification according to accepted engineering standards and state-of the-art technology,
  • on-site supervision and quality testing.

Office buildings and educational facilities

Sufficient sound insulation between individual rooms, such as offices or conference rooms, classrooms or lecture halls, must be guaranteed in office buildings as well as in schools and universities – even if mobile partition walls are used. Increased noise control standards are required if confidentiality must be ensured, for example in personnel offices, boardrooms and conference rooms or adjacent lecture halls that are used simultaneously.

Presenting an acoustic design for flexible layouts that are typical in office building constructions is especially challenging.

Müller-BBM will advise you on how to determine which acoustic standards are adapted to your usage requirements.

The focus of Müller-BBM's building acoustics activities in office buildings and educational institutions is on:

  • consulting and establishment of appropriate building-acoustical requirements (e.g. usual office standards, confidentiality requirements),
  • building-acoustical design of the buildings fittings, such as the type of partition systems and floor systems, selection of flooring and ceiling, ventilation design, in particular taking into account the requisite flexible layout,
  • the impact of façade construction on sound insulation against external noise and sound insulation within the building,
  • information about the basic structures that are required in each case,
  • review of building-acoustically relevant details of the basic and detailed design,
  • professional preparation of sound protection proof or certification according to accepted engineering standards and state-of the-art technology,
  • carrying out acoustic measurements in model offices to avoid repeated non-conformities during construction,
  • on-site inspection and acoustic acceptance measurements.

Cultural buildings

Culture thrives on silence. Only silence makes it possible to focus on cultural offerings. The objective of our acoustical consulting activities for cultural buildings is therefore cultural events that are undisturbed by acoustical interference. This applies to concert halls, opera houses, festival halls and theatres as well as convention centres and plenary chambers or music conservatories, rehearsal buildings, cinemas, and recording and broadcast studios. Tried and tested as well as unconventional and pragmatic solutions are used in the process. The central themes are protection against ambient noise and to provide the possibility to use adjoining areas simultaneously.

Our cultural building experts draw on a wealth of experience-based advice provided to over a hundred small and large, local and international construction projects each year.

We provide building acoustics design services for new construction projects as well as for existing buildings that will be used in a different manner after reconstruction or renovation.

Müller-BBM's activities in building acoustics in cultural buildings focus on:

  • consulting in the context of the preliminary design stage for the logical organisation of spaces with high noise levels and noise sensitive areas in order to reduce structurally complex special constructions,
  • consultancy and establishment of the appropriate building acoustics requirements for the respective property in order to ensure disturbance-free use of the venue,
  • advice relative to the acoustic advantages and disadvantages, as well as the options and limitations of building materials when first selecting them,
  • information about the basic structures that are required in each case,
  • review of building-acoustically relevant details of the basic and detailed design,
  • on-site supervision and quality testing.
  • Our building acoustics services are often supplemented by the advice of our experts in Room acoustics and Media technology.

Restaurants and discotheques

The operation of restaurants and discotheques requires that the buildings have good acoustical qualities, especially where construction is dense. The requirements of DIN 4109 relative to airborne and impact sound insulation of adjacent dwellings must be observed for licenses to be granted. Müller-BBM advises and supports you in the design process to ensure compliance with the requirements and to guarantee safe operation. We measure the achieved or existing airborne and impact sound insulation as proof for the licensing authority.

The focus of Müller-BBM's activities in restaurants and discotheques is on:

  • consulting and establishment of building acoustics requirements pertaining to a specific property in accordance with building regulations,
  • if necessary, acoustic measurements of the existing building for determining the acoustic quality of the existing structure,
  • information about the basic structures that are required in each case,
  • review of building-acoustically relevant details of the basic and detailed design,
  • professional preparation of sound protection certificates or certifications according to accepted engineering standards and state-of the-art technology,
  • on-site supervision and quality testing.

Sales outlets

The acoustical consultation for shops is aimed at compliance with the regulatory requirements for the award of licences. To this end, we examine, in particular, the floor structure designs and the partition and exterior building components from a building acoustics aspect in order to ensure the most trouble-free operation possible. Here, we pay particular attention to noise made by parking vehicles and deliveries.

More information on the subject can be found on the noise control page.

Industrial plants

Building acoustics consultancy for industrial plants is aimed at compliance with permit requirements, such as the requirements relative to noise control in the vicinity. Good acoustic separation of the office areas from the noisy production areas within the building must be obtained each time. Another design issue is the protection against vibrations from production machines.

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