Architectural Acoustics

High Performing Floor, Wall And Ceiling Systems For Acoustically Driven Designs

A successful Architectural Acoustics solution significantly reduces unwanted noise in the built environment by containing sound and vibrations within a space, or by isolating a space for the unwanted noise from an outside source. When addressing the acoustics for a project there are 2 main sources of unwanted noise to consider, sound transferring from room to room or from the outside, and vibrations from impact travelling through the structure. The effectiveness of any assembly designed for noise and vibration can be quantified using the metrics STC (Sound Transmission Class) and IIC (Impact Isolation Class) so it is important to understand how the ratings work and how to use them properly. See below for additional information on STC and IIC.

As engineering techniques and materials have improved over the years our structures have become lighter and the spaces within them are used more efficiently. While this progress is making our built environments greener and healthier for the occupants, as well it has allowed us to increase density in cities, it has also led to new problems to be managed, and an increased likelihood of unwanted noise and vibration transfer is no exception.

Acoustic Challenges Of Mass Timber Construction

The next major change in our industry is the large scale adoption of mass timber construction using products such as cross laminated timber (CLT), nail laminated timber (NLT), glulam and other engineered and composite timber systems. Using materials such as CLT is a greener alternative to concrete, but it is also a considerably less dense building material. The STC and IIC values of the floor, wall and ceiling assemblies for mass timber designs are lower than in concrete structures. The level of design and planning for noise that was once only required on specific projects with spaces like theatres or gyms has become part of the standard process. With Vibra-Sonic on your team we will be up to this challenge.

The Right Product With Expert Support

Whether you are simply looking to reduce the noise created by impact in a room or completely isolating a space by constructing a room with in a room (or box in box), it is critical to not only select the best product, but also to install that product correctly so that the paths vibrations can follow through a structure are identified and isolated. At Vibra-Sonic we pride ourselves on our excellent support for every product we sell with highly experienced in house staff as well as engineering support from the manufacturers that have many successful projects around the world.

Representing The Best In The Industry

Vibra-Sonic is proud to represent 2 of the industry leaders and innovators in architectural acoustics with Mason Industries and Regupol Acoustics. With best in class noise solutions for floors, walls and ceilings we have you covered from floating concrete slab systems on high deflection springs to acoustics isolation clips for walls and ceilings.

Mason Industries has been perfecting vibration isolation systems for over 60 years and were the first to introduce jack up floating isolation slabs to the market in 1965. With a focus on products to meet the most demanding specifications, Mason industries is the industry leader in spring and LDS rubber architectural isolation systems with floor mounts, wall sway braces, and hangers for drop ceiling systems.

Regupol Acoustics brings their over 65 years of experience in sustainability into every product they make by using recycled rubber. Regupol Acoustics will not only give your projects a green advantage with Green Circle Certified products and LEED points, you are also getting lab tested high IIC and STC assemblies so that you can be confident in the results.

Between these 2 amazing manufacturers Vibra-Sonic can provide your next project with the full spectrum of options.

STC and IIC

Sound Transmission Class (or STC) is an integer rating of how well a building partition attenuates airborne sound and is widely used across North America. Apparent Sound Transmission Class, (or ASTC), is similar but it is based on field tests and includes flanking as a variable.

Impact Isolation Class (or IIC) is, in basic terms, a measure of how well a floor/ceiling assembly can mitigate the sound heard in one room from an impact made on a floor in the space directly above.

Glossary

LDS stands for Low Dynamic Stiffness AASHTO Bridge Bearing Natural Rubber to minimize noise and vibration transmission. Maximum Dynamic Stiffness is 1.4.

STC stands for Sound Transmission Class, which is a single-number rating of a material’s ability to resist sound transfer. The higher the STC rating the more noise is blocked.

Air Gaps – When dealing with monolithic building components such as a solid concrete, creating an air gap raises the STC significantly more than adding mass.

INR stands for Impact Noise Rating, which is single-number rating of the material’s ability to resist the transfer of impact noise. The higher the INR rating the better the impact noise blocking.

Impact Isolation Class, IIC, measures how well a building floor lessens impact sounds, such as footsteps. A larger number means more attenuation. The scale, like the decibel scale for sound, is logarithmic.

Jack-Up Floating Floor System Product Line

Jack-Up Floating Floor System Product Line
FSN – LDS Jack-Up Mount
FS – Spring Jack-Up Mount
RISFD – Rubber in Shear Floor Damper
P7 – PVC Foam
NS – Closed Cell Neoprene Sponge for Perimeter Isolation
RISI – Rubber in Shear Floor Damper with Base Foot Insert Assembly for FS-C Castings
CFD – Floor Drain
SFFS – Seismic Floating Floor Snubber
MFS – Spring Mounting for Wooden Floors on Sleepers
CC – Gun and Pouring Grade Caulking Compounds
Form-work Floating Floor System Product LIne
EAFM – LDS Mount
WFD – Welded Drains
P7 – PVC Foam
NS – Closed Cell Neoprene Sponge for Perimeter Isolation
CC – Gun and Pouring Grade Caulking Compounds

Suspended Ceilings Product Line

30NCC – Precompressed 30N Hanger with Ceiling Channel Clamp
W30N – Precompressed 30N with Eye Bolts
W30NCC – Precompressed 30N Hanger with Top Eye Bolt and Ceiling Channel Clamp
30CC – Precompressed 30 Hanger with Ceiling Channel Clamp
W30 – Precompressed 30 Hanger with Eye Bolts
W30CC – Precompressed 30 Hanger with Eye Bolt and Ceiling Channel Clamp
30CSCH – Compact Spring Ceiling Hanger with Precompressed 30 Series Springs
W30SM – Side of Joist, or Wall, Hanger with Precompressed 30 Series Spring and Eye bolt
30SMCC – Side of Joist, or Wall Hater with Precompressed 30 series Sprigs and Ceiling Channel Clamp
HDCC – Double Deflection LDS Rubber Element with Ceiling Channel Clamp
WHD – Double Deflection LDS Rubber Element with Upper Attachment Hole and Eye Bolt
WHR – Minimal 0.2” Deflection LDS hanger for Wire Attachment Freq 12 Hz
WHDCC – Double Deflection LDS Rubber Element with Upper Attachment Hole and Ceiling Channel Clamp
CRCH – Compact Ceiling Hanger with Double Deflection LDS Rubber Element
WHDSM – Side of Joist, or Wall, Hanger with Double Deflection LDS Rubber Element and Eye Bolt
HDSMCC – Side of Joist, or Wall, Hanger with Double Deflection LDS Rubber Element and Ceiling Channel Clamp

Isolated Walls Product Line

NPS – LDS Rubber Partition Supports
DNSB – Wall Braces
WIC – Space Saving Type W Neoprene Pad Interlocking Clip
WCL – Channel Shaped Sway Brace for Horizontal Steel Furring
SWW – Sheet Metal and 2-Layer W Pad Wall Support
AB-716 – Angle Bracket Supports for Walls

Pipe Seals

SWS – 12” Long Split Pipe Seal for Wall, Floor and Ceiling Isolation
SPS – 4” Long Spool Pipe Seal for Wall, Floor and Ceiling Isolation

Building Isolation Product Line

BBNR – Rubber Isolation Bearings
SLFJ – Hydraulically Adjusted Spring Isolator
SLFJS – Hydraulically Adjusted Spring Isolator with Downstop
SLFPC- Precompressed Spring Assembly
SLRJ – Hydraulically Adjusted Spring Isolators