A new publication provides an accessible guide to acoustics for specialists and non-specialists, including EHOs and technicians.
The Little Red Book of Acoustics, explains UK standards and regulations on environmental and building acoustics.
It covers concepts such as basic acoustics, parameters, descriptors, propagation and transmission, with examples of calculations and tables. Each section is broken down into manageable chunks of information, well indexed for ease of use.
The basic acoustics section takes the reader from a straightforward definition of sound through to explaining more complicated areas such as addition, subtraction and averaging of noise levels and use of 1/3 octave and octave bands.
It is followed by clear presentations of commonly used parameters and descriptors such as dB(A), Leq, SEL, L90, NR curves etc.
The propagation and transmission section includes explanations of distance attenuation, barrier attenuation, and sound insulation.
The book includes an extremely helpful ‘standards and regulations’ section, which encapsulates the current standards and regulations relating to acoustics and noise issues now in force in the UK.
A final section of appendices gives the reader a helpful set of look-up tables as well as a range of examples of calculations on which to draw.
The Little Red Book comes in two formats – a 225-page pocketbook (a little larger than a pocket diary) which can be slipped into your pocket or briefcase, or a ring-bound, larger version for use at your desk in the office.
Both contain definitions, equations, key information from relevant standards and guide-lines, look-up tables and worked examples – all the key areas of environmental acoustics in the UK, with up-to-date advice on legislation and regulations.
The publishers claim that whether the reader is looking for some standard formulae for averaging decibels or for a ready reference to BS4142, PPG24, MPS2 the book will become an indispensable item to carry in your briefcase or pocket.
Publication: Architects Journal Review
Publication Date: August 2007
The Little Red Book of Acoustics: A Practical Guide, is good value at £19.99.
It covers environmental and building acoustics, including definitions, relevant standards and guidance, all in a single text which is used for the Institute of Acoustics diploma course."
Publication: Royal Town Planning Institute Planning Resource
Headline: Handbook helps make issue of acoustics more accessible
Publication Date: August 2007
A recently published guide on acoustics should prove useful to everyone in the field, writes Richard Watson.
Acoustics and noise represent an area often unfamiliar to the profession but one increasingly important in determining which sites can be developed for various uses.
Some planners may simply need a ready reference and guide on standards and regulations while others may require a straightforward and accessible introduction to the basics of acoustics. The Little Red Book of Acoustics should help in both these cases and more besides.
The book provides a wide-ranging source of information on environmental and building acoustics, presented in a fresh, direct way accessible to even the non-specialist. It is set out in practical sections, covering topics from basic acoustics, parameters and descriptors through to sample calculations and reference tables. Each chapter is broken down into manageable chunks of information, indexed for ease of use.
The basic acoustics section takes the reader from a straightforward definition of sound through to explaining more complicated areas such as addition, subtraction and averaging of noise levels. This introduction to the general area of acoustics is followed by clear presentations of parameters and descriptors that are commonly used.
The section on propagation and transmission includes explanations of distance and barrier attenuation as well as sound insulation. The book also includes a section that encapsulates the standards and regulations on acoustics and noise issues currently in force in the UK.
The final section of the handbook comprises a set of appendices, including look-up tables and a range of examples of calculations.
The Little Red Book of Acoustics comes in two different formats - a 225-page pocketbook, designed to slip into a jacket or briefcase, and a larger ring-bound version that can be kept on the desk. Both contain the same information.
Whether you are a newcomer looking for a basic understanding of acoustics and noise issues or a specialist needing a ready reference source on BS4142, PPG24, MPS2 or other standards, then this little book is likely to be of benefit to you.
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