Multi-residential buildings such as flats, apartment blocks, care homes and extra care apartments have amongst some of the most complex and strict criteria for building when it comes to meeting and addressing thermal and acoustic performance. There are also up to 4 BREEAM Health & Wellbeing credits that can be attributable to acoustic performance for ratings over and above the standards and 3 credits for thermal comfort.
It’s no wonder then that architects, engineers, clients and contractors are keen to consider all options to improve thermal and acoustic performance, through build quality, product selection and most importantly, product compatibility.
The large format Silka Elements that we work with are well known for their acoustic properties, robustness and thermal mass, and have a significant contribution to the overall performance of a building. But how do we account for the combination of building products selected by the architect/building contractor and how this will affect the overall building performance?
Utilising products from a range of manufacturers (without test evidence of their use in combination) might leave the client or specifier unable to prove that the structure would perform as anticipated. You cannot expect two independent products installed together to perform as a system, you need to combine the ratings of each product appropriately and consider how they are best installed together, for their optimum performance.
Furthermore, workmanship is as key to the success is as the product. A true test of a rooms’ thermal and acoustic performance will be affected by any gaps around a partition or door, or services such as sockets, ducts and pipes penetrating the walls. A 5mm gap can reduce an acoustic rating by as much as 5dB.
At MFS, we are not just about supply and build. We work with our clients to integrate all aspects of the design and to optimise their building performance objectives.
We firmly believe our earliest involvement in a project with the Design Team maximises these benefits and is key in ensuring collaborative practices are adopted and to create a single, unified set of information.
Pro-active management, with the experience and foresight to identify potential risks as well as opportunities, is something we are passionate about. It amounts to the success or failure of a project and, our reputation.
If you would like to find out more about the products we recommend and how we can effectively manage your building’s performance ratings, speak to a member of our team today.