Last edited 27 Oct 2020

Building Bulletin 93: acoustic design of schools


[edit] Overview

The Building Bulletin 93 ‘Acoustic Design of Schools: A Design Guide’ was published by the Department for Education and Skills in 2003. The purpose of the bulletin was to provide support and guidance for acoustic considerations when planning and designing schools, and to outline methods for compliance with the Building Regulations.

Suboptimal acoustic conditions within a teaching area can negatively affect pupils’ attainment, with those individuals with hearing impairments, speech, language or communication difficulties being particularly vulnerable. In addition, teachers may suffer with strained voices resulting in voice loss and a reduction in the control of classroom noise. Building Bulletin 93 was intended to address these problems by establishing a set of minimum standards.

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[edit] Revisions in 2014

Consultation was undertaken in early 2014 on revised guidelines. A response to the consultation was published in December 2014 and new standards, Acoustic design of schools: performance standards were published on 18 December 2014.

The new standards came into effect immediately and superseded section 1 of Building Bulletin 93.

[edit] Other guidance

There are various other acoustic design guides are available for the Priority Schools Building Programme (PSBP) which can be accessed on the PSBP: baseline designs website.

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