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From buses to road sweepers, military to construction plant vehicles, vehicle noise is an issue in the commercial sector whether it is new developments in powertrain technology or hybridisation or electrification of vehicles.

While many of today’s trucks make 10 times less noise than those built over 40 years ago, road traffic noise remains the most widespread cause of environmental health problems across Europe.  According to the European Environment Agency, almost 70 million people are exposed to excessive long term average road noise levels (>55db), the level recognised to pose a serious risk to health by the World Health Organisation. 

A number of factors contribute to traffic noise, including the road surface and speed- dependent aerodynamic noise, but most urban traffic noise originates from the vehicles rather than the tyres.  The noise standards for commercial vehicles are particularly significant as they cause half of the road noise-burden across Europe.

Emissions pollution has driven changes in engine design such as hybrids and lean engines. However, high running temperatures can result in these engines being noisier.  Even electric vehicles have different noise characteristics which need controlling to gain market acceptance as they often have devices for energy storage that generate noise intermittently themselves .

Tackling noise at source

The vehicle engine is an understandable source of noise, and when you combine this with the powertrain, there are a large number of interlinked components that produce sound.  From rattles to sound pressure waves, these sounds include vibrations and ‘surface radiation’, which is the low-frequency sound produced by a surface as it pulsates, like a drum. The ‘mechanics’ of noise mean that as the sound level of any individual component is reduced, others become more noticeable – which means that all components must be worked on together to actually reduce engine (and vehicle) noise. This is also true for other noise producing vehicle elements. After reducing powertrain and exhaust sounds, other noises may become noticeable such as aerodynamic resistance or previously unnoticed tyre/road noise.

An additional benefit of reducing noise at source is that driver and passenger noise will be significantly improved. Further improvements to sound quality in-cab can be gained by addition of sound insulation and absorption behind or under the interior trim.

A quieter life

Having manufactured acoustic and fire insulation products for more than 40 years, SIDERISE offers a large range of tried-and-tested product enhancements specifically developed to the broad spectrum of requirements in the commercial vehicle sector.

Offering high insulation and absorption performance as well as fuel, oil and chemical resistance, these sound reduction and damping treatments have been expertly designed for the most challenging environments. 

At under 10kg/m3 density, SIDERISE foams are class leaders in weight- saving and by combining with other layers, excellent and targeted acoustic performance can be achieved at minimum thickness. These foam products can also be used in public service vehicles (PSVs) for thermal insulation leading to weight savings of the order of 100kg per vehicle, whilst improving thermal and acoustic performance. The addition of viscoelastic and polymeric heavy layers to these foams can produce high insulation and vibration damping performance.

Paul Handscomb of SIDERISE said, “Our noise control materials can be quickly installed on the production line or workshop and are independently tested to give our clients complete confidence in product performance.”

Fire protection

Recent awareness of the risks of vehicles in tunnels has also required materials with increased fire resistance and protection from ingress of potentially flammable fluids. Devices to burn off particulates and catalytic convertors generate significant heat in engine areas.  In addition, the increased containment by undertrays or close cladding to an engine requires higher temperature resistance materials. 

SIDERISE solutions will provide both integrated noise reduction performance of up to 20dB and are also compliant with Euro 6 legislation and tested to the toughest flammability regulations.  Able to withstand up to 800°C and 30 minutes fire protection, these non-combustible solutions offer exceptional thermal and fire safety performance.

With traffic noise affecting greater numbers of people and faced with tough regulations, the importance of taking a holistic approach to noise control on commercial vehicles has never been more apparent.  Through a wide range of independently tested noise control treatments, SIDERISE will be able to quickly and professionally reach the optimum solution, each and every time, and for the most challenging environments.  

Graham Laws, Business Development Officer at Siderise Group, provides some sound advice on HVAC acoustic design and offers up proven ways to deal with a potentially noisy issue.

Noise is an all pervasive facet in our lives, from the early morning alarm clock right the way through our working day. But does it need to be that way? When you consider that the estimated cost of noise pollution runs into billions of pounds according to DEFRA, architects and engineers have had to think long and hard on how to build out noise from buildings. With building services a well-known source of undesirable noise and vibration, what is the most cost effective way to reduce undesirable sound, whilst delivering noise control, air flow and thermal performance? Graham Laws, Business Development Officer at Siderise Group, provides some sound advice on HVAC acoustic design and offers up proven ways to deal with a potentially noisy issue.

Noise and vibration in building services come from a wide range of mechanical and electrical systems, everything from fans to variable air volume systems, grilles and diffusers to roof-top units, fan coil units to chillers, compressors and condensers, pumps and stand-by generators, boilers and cooling towers. All this unwanted noise can make a workplace environment uncomfortable and less productive.

Through the increased requirements for energy efficiency, buildings are better insulated and isolated, both thermally and acoustically. However, this further drives the need for ventilation and thermal management, and this required airflow can then introduce noise issues of its own, both break-out and in-line noise.

Sound matters

Break-out noise is where sound transmits through the wall of ducting and into the room through which the ductwork is travelling. In-line (duct-borne) noise or noise traveling through ductwork, can create unwelcome high levels of background noise if not properly managed. This noise can raise stress levels in the workplace, harming communication and concentration and increasing fatigue. A poorly designed acoustic solution can potentially exacerbate issues by causing regenerative noise, and negatively affecting airflow.

An additional issue to mechanically generated noise via the HVAC system is cross- talk, whereby speech privacy is compromised by room-to-room transmission via the ventilation system. A good example is in an office building where employees on one floor might hear conversations via the return grille. Even when intelligibility is not an issue, concentration and therefore productivity can be affected by those in adjoining rooms.

The essence of optimal practise comes down to:

  1. Understanding the legislative requirements of the building
  2. Understanding the design requirements of the building
  3. Optimising noise control treatments at source
  4. Optimising system design for airflow and regenerative noise
  5. Minimising breakout from ducts and air handling units
  6. Minimising structure borne noise

Meeting requirements

All buildings represent unique challenges, whether they are offices, schools, hospitals or commercial structures. In the education sector, noise and poor acoustics are an increasingly important issue. For example, in a school, there will be both separation requirements and background noise level requirements for the project.

These can be provided as a single figure rating or noise rating (NR) value, or as octave band values. When it comes to the design of a building, it’s vital to know the function of each room, and both the desired speech privacy and NR level. NR values are a way of describing, as a single figure, a measured noise level that takes into account the frequency content of the noise.

They are often used in the measurement of noise from mechanical sources such as air conditioning systems in environments such as hotels, cinemas and schools. Most buildings will have an ‘in-room’ NR level requirement based on function. For example, typical noise rating values for a concert hall or church would be NR25 while a school or hotel would be NR35, significantly less than say a factory or a noisier engineering environment which would have an NR70 rating. To ensure these levels are achieved, a given Sound Power Level (LwA) for the HVAC unit is required.

Noise Control Treatments

In terms of the system design, air velocity within a duct system influences the noise levels significantly. Regenerated noise can be created by transition pieces, bends, dampers, grilles and diffusers. Regenerated noise can be reduced by limiting the air velocities within the duct system, by easing transitions in the system design and by ensuring that internal acoustic treatments contain chamfers where appropriate to reduce the turbulent effect of sudden changes in opening or direction.

When two adjacent or closely positioned rooms are sharing the same ductwork, sound travels within ducts and will decrease the room-to-room sound insulation dramatically. This will of course impact speech privacy and negatively affect the working environment through disturbance.

Vibration and sound energy from HVAC operation will transmit to a structure and be redistributed around a building. By isolating your systems from the structure before it has a chance to vibrate, through isolation mounts or decoupled through flexible linkages from the structure via the noise source and the duct runs, another path of noise has been reduced through physical materials.

Solutions provider to manufacturers

With more than 40 years’ experience providing noise control treatments to manufacturers in the HVAC sector, SIDERISE offers a range of noise control solutions which can be tailored to meet project specific design and performance requirements. SIDERISE HV-NC noise control solutions, for example, are tailored to the octave band requirements of your HVAC unit, thereby delivering the optimum acoustic performance at the minimum cost. Manufactured from high performance open cell acoustic foam, parts are designed to ease airflow and lower regenerative noise, and the lining treatment is engineered to deliver the lowest possible Sound Power (LwA). These acoustic solutions give exceptional noise absorption, yielding reduced airborne noise at inlets and outlets, and lowering case radiated noise.

Lining kits are Class 0 fire rated to EN 13501-1 to comply with Building Regulations Approved Document B.

Offering ease of installation, SIDERISE noise control solutions are supplied as a pre-cut kit, backed with high performance modified acrylic adhesive for rapid installation on a manufacturer’s assembly-line; and offer exceptional performance for fan coil units, air handling units and heat exchangers.

Remedial treatment – building services

For an existing building with a ductwork ‘in-line’ noise problem, SoundPAC is an easy and cost-efficient way to introduce noise control. At the terminal ends, where air is being delivered to the occupied spaces, you can remove the grille and simply install the SoundPAC inserts. Inherently flexible, the inserts are ideally suited to retro-fit installation, particularly in situations where there is minimal access and/or where less disruption is a consideration. For ‘duct noise breakout’ another solution, which contributes well to quiet air-handling, are the DWX and DPF-RL external acoustic treatments, which are externally applied. Easy to install without disturbing the HVAC system, this solution reduces break-out noise by providing a combination of acoustic absorption and sound reduction via inherently damped flexible mass membrane.

We live in a very noisy world but by proactively considering potential acoustic problems at the design stage of an HVAC system and adding sound control measures to minimise unwanted noise, building owners will have a far quieter system, which in the end, can go a long way towards promoting comfort and productivity.

SIDERISE through a broad range of products and solutions are able to provide a holistic treatment to all areas of HVAC noise, ensure that a peaceful, stress-free and productive environment is experienced by all.

For further information about SIDERISE HVAC solutions or for specific technical advice contact our .

Mike Carrick AMIOA, Head of Acoustics at Siderise Group, provides some sound advice on acoustic design and offers up proven ways to deal with common sound path problems.

The product of choice for many of the world’s leading architects, curtain wall systems have been increasingly specified across both the commercial and residential sectors in the UK.  A barrier to the elements, curtain walls give design creativity and are a happy marriage between metal framing and gleaming glass.  While they provide a cost-effective way to clad and glaze buildings and offer a wealth of benefits to building occupants, it’s vitally important that specifiers take into consideration the role of acoustics in curtain wall buildings.  Mike Carrick AMIOA, Head of Acoustics at Siderise Group, provides some sound advice on acoustic design and offers up proven ways to deal with common sound path problems.

The rise of modern lightweight construction, with walls that literally hang like curtains, has led to sound transmission issues and presented a number of issues when it comes to acoustics. This complex issue is not helped by specialist criteria and jargon which is often designed to baffle, when in fact it is not difficult to understand.

Weak point

Very careful consideration should be given to any potential weak point to ensure it does not become the ‘limiting factor’ in the overall sound transmission performance of a curtain wall building. The curtain wall, together with the movement joint, should all be considered as potential weak points and thoroughly assessed accordingly.

Whatever the building type, whether it be an office, hotel, school or apartment building, the client requires a sustainable structure that is fully robust and compliant to all building regulations and design criteria.

dB or not dB

When considering the transmission of airborne sound energy the applicable criteria (regulatory or otherwise), will usually be in decibels 'dB' in one of the following forms:-

A DnT,w is a final site-measured value and will be controlled by both the ‘Rw’ value of the floor slab or partition (direct sound transmission) and the Dnf,w value of the façade (flanking sound transmission).

An Rw value is a laboratory test value for a component or construction, such as a concrete floor slab, partition, window, door etc.

A Dnf,w value is a laboratory test value for a system, such as a curtain wall system, raised access floor or suspended ceiling system.

What’s critical is to understand the important and significant differences between these in order to validate or otherwise prove potential compliance. In general, site measured values cannot match those recorded in a sound laboratory. The difference will vary, depending on the method of test and actual performance levels, but a guide of 5-10dB minimum practical difference is commonly quoted.

Sound flanking

The Dnf,w value is a total flanking sound transmission of the façade system. It does, however, comprise a number of individual sound transmission paths with the five main path elements being the glazing element; the transoms; the structural element of the mullion; the hollow of the mullion; and the movement zone.

A number of factors directly affect the overall performance, including the span between the mullions and transom, the stiffness, number of façade brackets, type of glass, glass orientation, twin or single mullion or transom designs and importantly, the use of façade acoustic enhancement products.

The overall performance is a combination of all these path elements and can only be established by full façade testing in an accredited laboratory, which can be time consuming and very expensive. It is possible for a project noise consultant to look at specific project details at the slab edge, compare the design with known library data and assess the possible overall performance. However, this would not necessarily offer any guarantee of compliance.

When assessing any design, it is important to understand that the overall performance would be wholly controlled by the weakest path element, referred to as the ‘Performance Limiting Factor’ and therefore any design change or acoustic enhancement should only be considered if all other path elements are capable of meeting the same value or are being upgraded to meet the value.

Soundtight facades

SIDERISE offers a large range of tried and tested product enhancements specifically developed for the façade industry. Designed to reduce vertical and horizontal sound transmission in curtain wall buildings, this range includes a choice of effective and proven sound reduction solutions that deal with all common sound path problems and are frequently used to assist in reducing flanking transmission between adjacent internal areas.

Acoustic comfort in the built environment has become a concern to society and a challenge to designers. It is all too common when considering the specification of the seal between the slab edge and the facade, for product selection to be based exclusively in terms of compliance to the relevant fire regulations. For façade engineers, architects and their clients, it is essential that due consideration is given to both the acoustic implications and performance of the closure arrangement, ensuring any potential weak point in curtain walled buildings is controlled. The use of performance enhancing products will mitigate against these issues.

For further information about SIDERISE or for specific technical advice contact our .

The year may be drawing to a close but the SIDERISE team is as busy as ever. This month the team is headed to Kolkata to present and exhibit at the Zak World of Facades India event.

The year may be drawing to a close but the SIDERISE team is as busy as ever. This month the team is headed to Kolkata to exhibit at the Zak World of Facades India event.

Sreenivas Narayanan, the new Sales and Business Development Officer for the Middle East and India, will be presenting at the event on 'Point fixed hardware - The selection process'. His presentation will focus on:

  1. The importance of slab edge perimeter fire barrier for curtain wall

  2. Fire performance – Insulation and Integrity

  3. SIDERISE CW-FS

  4. The importance of installation and compliance

  5. Understanding façade acoustics

  6. Siderise solutions for façade acoustics

Visitors to the event will also have the opportunity to explore a range of products including SIDERISE CW-FS Perimeter Barriers and Firestops for Curtain Walling  and Open State Cavity Barriers used in rainscreen cladding applications. A variety of innovative acoustic solutions for facades will also be showcased including SIDERISE Mullion and Transom inserts.

As always the SIDERISE Facades team will be on hand and happy to discuss projects that you are involved in and passive fire protection and noise control systems that your projects may require.

Now in its 25th edition, Zak World of Facades is an International conference series on the subject of façade design & engineering. The conference will take place on Friday 18 November at the ITC Sonar hotel.

To register and find out more about the event visit www.facades.ind.in

If you are unable to attend this event you will have the opportunity to meet the team at the Zak Doors and Windows exhibition in New Delhi which takes place in December.

The SIDERISE team is heading to Singapore this month to exhibit its products at the Zak World of Facades inaugural South East Asia event. The event will take place on Thursday 13 October at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel.

The SIDERISE team is heading to Singapore this month to exhibit its products at the Zak World of Facades inaugural South East Asia event/ The event will take place on Thursday 13 October at the Marina Bay Sands.

At the event, SIDERISE will also be looking for a new Singapore based Distributor Partner. Steve Swales, Chief Commercial Officer, commented “This is an exciting time for SIDERISE and based on the company’s growth plans and our success in markets in the UK, Ireland, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and India, we are now looking to appoint a new Partner Distributor in Singapore. It’s a great opportunity for a new distributor to come on board.”

Distributors that are interested in this opportunity are invited to come along and speak to Steve at the event. You can find out more about the opportunity here http://bit.ly/2dAn71O

Zak World of Facades, now in its 23rd edition globally, has already proved a great success in the Middle East and South Asia, and the event organisers are very happy to be holding their inaugural South East Asia event in Singapore.

If you are attending the event come along and meet the SIDERISE Facades team and discover all the innovative fire-stopping and acoustic insulation solutions for facades. A brochure on fire safety and noise control for facades will also be available.

If you are unable to attend but would like to find out more about SIDERISE and its passive fire protection and noise control systems for facades contact our Facades team for further information.

Leading manufacturer of fire, acoustic and thermal insulation products SIDERISE has launched its product range through the NBS National BIM Library.

Leading manufacturer of fire, acoustic and thermal insulation products SIDERISE has launched its product range through the NBS National BIM Library.

The SIDERISE BIM object range includes fire safe and acoustic insulation solutions for curtain walling and ventilated facades, and solutions for building interiors.

BIM objects available to download through the BIM Library meet the internationally-recognised NBS BIM Object Standard . The library is free to use and is the only BIM object library that links directly to NBS specification software and to the NBS BIM Toolkit – an essential requirement for Level 2 BIM.

BIM (Business Information Modelling) is set to digitally revolutionise the construction industry through information modelling, information management and team cohesion.

Visit the National BIM Library to view SIDERISE products and download the BIM objects.

Leading manufacturer of firestop and acoustic barrier insulation systems SIDERISE is set to highlight its capabilities and exhibit its expansive range of products at the inaugural Windows Doors and Facades Event in Dubai from the 18-20 September.

Leading manufacturer of firestop and acoustic barrier insulation systems SIDERISE is set to highlight its capabilities and exhibit its expansive range of products at the inaugural Windows Doors and Facades Event in Dubai from the 18-20 September.

Held at the Dubai World Trade Centre, this must-attend new trade show will bring together architects, interior designers, developers, facade consultants and fabricators from across the region to source local and international products, network with like-minded peers and learn from experts.

For the three day event representatives from SIDERISE will be available on Stand A59 in Za'abeel Hall 5 to engage with customers old and new and answer queries about the company’s innovative and industry leading firestop and cavity barrier systems.

Commenting on the event, Chris Hall, Commercial Development Officer at SIDERISE said: “We are looking forward to participating in this debut event, meeting key players within the industry and being able to showcase a variety of fire-stopping and noise control insulation solutions for facades.

“It’s a great opportunity to raise the profile of the company and show its commitment to this region. The Middle East represents a growing market for us,” added Chris.

The exhibition will open with The Middle East Facades Summit centred around the theme, ‘innovation, efficiency, security and quality control in facade design and engineering’, which will feature two distinctive keynote speeches delivered by government representatives outlining the latest updates to fire and safety codes, and offering insight on sustainability in design.

Joining Chris Hall at the event will be Sreenivas Narayanan, Sales and Business Development Officer at SIDERISE for the Middle East and India.

For more information on Windows, Doors and Facades 2016 visit www.windowsdoorsandfacadeevent.com

For further information about SIDERISE or for technical advice visit www.siderise.com or call 01656 730833

SIDERISE will be exhibiting at the Zak World of Facades event which takes place in New Delhi, at the Hyatt Regency, on Friday 2 September.

SIDERISE will be exhibiting at the Zak World of Facades  event which takes place in New Delhi, at the Hyatt Regency, on Friday 2 September.

Visitors to the event will have the opportunity to meet the SIDERISE Facades team and view a variety of fire-stopping and noise control insulation solutions for facades. A brochure on fire safety and noise control for facades will also be available.

The event, now in its 16th edition in India, provides a forum to discuss the latest innovations and challenges in the construction industry pertaining to the building envelope and showcases the latest technological solutions.

If you are unable to attend but would like more information on SIDERISE and its passive fire protection and noise control systems for facades, please contact our Facades team.

SIDERISE is heading to Bengaluru, India to present at the next Zak World of Facades conference which takes place on Friday 15 July at the ITC Gardenia.

SIDERISE is heading to Bengaluru, India to present at the next Zak World of Facades conference which takes place on Friday 15 July at the ITC Gardenia.

Steve Swales, Chief Commercial Officer for SIDERISE will be presenting on ‘Perimeter Barrier Fire Stop Systems for Curtain Walls’. The presentation will focus on:

  • Guidance on compliant specification

  • Insight to current testing methodology

  • Clarification on different methods of installation and associated risks

The SIDERISE team will also be showcasing a variety of fire-stopping and noise control insulation solutions for facades. Visitors to the event will have the opportunity to meet the team and view these solutions during the networking breaks. A brochure on fire safety and noise control for facades will also be available.

Unable to attend the event? Contact our Facades team for information on SIDERISE and its passive fire protection and noise control solutions.

Over 170 delegates attended the Siderise Group/BRE “Facades” conference on the 13 January at BRE Watford. Internationally renowned presenters focused on two main topics - Fire Safety and Acoustic Behaviours of facades

Over 170 delegates attended the Siderise Group/BRE “Facades” conference on the 13 January at BRE Watford. The full day event included technical papers, presented by internationally renowned presenters from a range of stakeholders and focused on two main topics, Fire Safety and Acoustic behaviours of facades.

BRE gave insights into BS 8414 testing and their new third party accreditation scheme, whilst Arup, Priedemann, and the Building Control Alliance gave their own unique perspectives on façade design, construction, certification and installation. Clarke Saunders Acoustics shared their views on façade design in respect of acoustics. Niall Rowan, Technical Officer of the ASFP, presented a paper on fire testing for cavity barriers and firestops. The Siderise Group also shared with the audience its full range of design, manufacture and on site services.

The conference attracted a diverse audience, with delegates from design, manufacture and installation all sharing and exchanging valuable insights and ideas. The event also attracted interest from overseas with visitors from Europe, the UAE, and India, underlining the international nature and the common challenges of the facades industry.

The Siderise Group, a specialist in this arena for over 35 years, is proud to be able to contribute to industry development by organising this event, and will look to continue to be a market-leading contributor in respect of fire and acoustic solutions.

For further information on SIDERISE Facades products and services contact our .

Next week SIDERISE will be heading to India to present at the Zak World of Facades conference in Mumbai which takes place on Friday 22 April at the ITC Maratha.

Next week SIDERISE will be heading to India to present at the Zak World of Facades conference in Mumbai which takes place on Friday 22 April at the ITC Maratha.

Chris Hall, Commercial Development Officer for SIDERISE will be presenting on ‘Perimeter Barrier Fire Stop Systems for Curtain Walls’. The presentation will focus on:

  • Guidance on compliant specification

  • Insight to current testing methodology

  • Clarification on different methods of installation and associated risks

The SIDERISE team will also be showcasing a variety of fire-stopping and noise control insulation solutions for facades. Visitors to the event will have the opportunity to meet the team and view these solutions during the networking breaks. A brochure on fire safety and noise control for facades will also be available.

Those unable to attend the event but who would like further information on SIDERISE and its passive fire protection and noise control solutions can contact our Facades team who will be happy to help.

SIDERISE’s Head of Acoustics, Mike Carrick, will be presenting on ‘Consideration of Façade Acoustics – How to improve performance and quality by design at the Zak World of Façades Middle East event next week.

SIDERISE’s Head of Acoustics, Mike Carrick, will be presenting on ‘Consideration of Façade Acoustics – How to improve performance and quality by design at the Zak World of Façades Middle East event next week. The presentation will focus on:

  • Acoustic terminology & sound transmission paths

  • Compliance and testing

  • Performance limiting factors & acoustic enhancing products

Those attending the event will also have the opportunity to meet the SIDERISE team during the networking breaks where a showcase of SIDERISE fire-stopping solutions for façades will be on display. A brochure on fire safety and noise control for facades will also be available.

The team looks forward to meeting you at the event. If you are unable to attend but would like further information on the work SIDERISE has carried out in the Middle East contact our who will be happy to help you.

SIDERISE will be exhibiting at the Zak Doors & Windows Expo 2015 that will be taking place at the MMRDA Exhibition Centre in Mumbai on 10 to 13 December.

SIDERISE will be exhibiting at the Zak Doors & Windows Expo 2015 that will be taking place at the MMRDA Exhibition Centre in Mumbai on 10 to 13 December.

Visit stall DX7 to find out more about our fire safety and noise control solutions for facades, and speak to us about our products:

  •  Perimeter Barrier: Slab Edge Firestop

  • Acoustic Materials: Curtain Walling

  • Firesafe Insulation: Spandrel Panels

  • Firesafe Cores: Curtain Walling

    We look forward to seeing you there!

The Siderise Group in conjunction with BRE are holding a facades conference aimed at those companies and individuals involved in the design or installation of external facade systems.

 
 

FAÇADES CONFERENCE

 

Wednesday 13 January 2016, BRE, Bucknall Lane, Watford, WD25 9XX

 

The Siderise Group in conjunction with BRE would like to invite you to attend a full day conference aimed at those companies and individuals involved in the design or installation of external façade systems.

 
 

BRE

Both the curtain wall and rainscreen facade industries are currently seeing a healthier construction market but, with an increasing number of players entering the sector, it is important that the quality of installation is maintained. BRE will be presenting on its third-party certification scheme for companies involved in the installation of firestop and cavity barrier systems. The scheme will aim to offer those companies a means of differentiation within the market, potentially removing the need to sub-contract the fire protection package.

 
 

Building Control Alliance

The Building Control Alliance in conjunction with NHBC have recently issued new guidance on the use of combustible cladding materials on residential buildings. Steve Evans, Chair of the BCA Technical Group will be presenting this document at the conference, the content of which may have major repercussions for those involved in the design and installation of rainscreen and other open state facade systems, including specific guidance relating to cavity barrier systems.

 
 

Arup

Professor Barbara Lane is a fellow at Arup and practice leader of their Fire Engineering team. Her presentation will focus on fire protection of curtain wall façades and will address the growing move towards greater fire protection within the spandrel zone.

 
 

Clarke Saunders Associates

Acoustics in façade design is always a concern because, unlike fire, noise is something that building occupants are exposed to on a daily basis. Ed Clarke of Clarke Saunders Associates will be presenting a paper on “Building Fabric Sound Insulation – An Acoustic Façade?”

 
 

Priedemann

Lars Anders is Managing Director of Priedemann, a façade consultancy practice that has built a worldwide reputation on its expertise. Lars will be presenting the paper “Facade Consultant and Facade Engineer united” which will focus on the best ways for these two disciplines to work together on a project.

 
 

Association for Specialist Fire Protection

The Association for Specialist Fire Protection is the trade body that’s the first port of call for the Government when looking at how the Building Regulations can best meet the fire considerations of building construction. Their Technical Manager, Niall Rowan, will be looking at the test procedures involved in fire barriers used in both curtain wall and rainscreen façades.

 
 

The Conference will include lunch and a tour of the BRE Innovation Park. This full day Conference will cost only £50.00 per person.

As we expect this to be a popular event we regret that we may unfortunately have to limit attendance to 2 personnel per company.

If you are interested in attending the conference please email us and include the following information:

  • Your company name
  • Your contact phone number (preferably mobile)
  • Full name of delegate 1 (£50.00)
  • Full name of delegate 2 (£50.00)
  • The full names of any additional delegates who you would like to attend – these will be added to our reserve list. (Please note that colleagues in your company may have also received this email.)

We will contact you within 3 working days to confirm your initial 2 delegate tickets.

Thank you for your interest in the 2016 Facades Conference

Siderise

Andy Kay, Global Facades Manager
Conference enquiries: +44 (0)1656 730833

SIDERISE and Gulf Extrusions have been working together to provide viable solutions to the inherent noise control problems associated with lightweight, hollow, continuous curtain walling systems. Speak to them at The Big 5 Dubai next week.

SIDERISE and Gulf Extrusions have been working together to provide viable solutions to the inherent noise control problems associated with lightweight, hollow, continuous curtain walling systems.

This collaborative effort has set out to ensure that the acoustic performance from the façade, including all interface elements and doors, can be optimised. The companies can now provide a differentiated offer which provides solutions to all common noise path problems and ensures compliance with the performance requirements in UAE.

SIDERISE and Gulf Extrusions will be exhibiting at The Big 5 event next week which is being held in the Dubai World Trade Centre, on the 23 – 26 November 2015.

Visit stall no.D121 in the Za’beel Hall to pick up a copy of the brochure ‘Noise Control for Facades’ which gives information about this collaboration. Our fire and acoustic team members will also be available to speak to you about other fire safety and noise control insulation solutions for facades.

The Big 5 CPD Certified Workshop

A CPD Certified Workshop‘Fire Safety & Acoustics Enhancements for Facades’ will be presented at The Big 5 on 25 November 2015, at 11am. If you would like to attend please contact SIDERISE brand manager, Sreenivas Narayanan, as seats are limited.

If you are unable to attend the The Big 5 this year but would like a copy of the show brochure it will be available next week on our LinkedIn Facades showcase page.

SIDERISE will be exhibiting at the METS Marine Equipment Trade Show which is being held in Amsterdam on 17 – 19 November.

SIDERISE will be exhibiting at the METS Marine Equipment Trade Show which is being held in Amsterdam on 17 – 19 November.

SIDERISE is proud to have over 30 years of experience in the manufacture of insulation products and solutions for the Marine sector, notably in noise control and passive fire protection. The SIDERISE technical team works closely with naval architects and designers to ensure that all insulation solutions are compliment with the design objectives of the vessel, whilst engineering products that deliver maximum performance to clients.

The three day exhibition will see over 21,000 international marine industry professionals exploring the stands of over 1,300 exhibitors.

Visit the SIDERISE Marine team's stand no. 03.124 situated in the British Pavilion.

SIDERISE will be exhibiting at the Facades Design & Engineering summit on 14 – 15 September which is being held at Conrad Hotel in Dubai.

SIDERISE will be exhibiting at the Facades Design & Engineering summit on 14 – 15 September which is being held at Conrad Hotel in Dubai.

The Facades Design & Engineering Summit focuses on fire safety and how this impacts on material selection, design trends, developments and the engineering techniques of facades in the UAE. This year the summit will be preceded with a Façade Fire Safety Focus day on 13 September.

Visit our stand to speak to us about our fire safety and noise control solutions for facades, and to find out more about our passive fire protection and acoustic insulation products.

We look forward to seeing you there!

If you are unable to attend the event you can find out more about our Facades products and solutions by contacting our Facades team or by following our new Facades page on Linkedin. 

SIDERISE will be exhibiting at The Big 5 Construct India event in Mumbai on 10, 11, 12 September 2015

SIDERISE will be exhibiting at The Big 5 Construct India show on 10 – 12 September which is being held at the Bombay Exhibition Centre, Goregaon (E), Mumbai.

Visit our stand 64D to speak to us about our fire safety and noise control solutions for facades, and to find out more about our products, including:

  • Perimeter Barrier: Slab Edge Firestop

  • Acoustic Materials: Curtain Walling

  • Firesafe Insulation: Spandrel Panels

  • Firesafe Cores: Curtain Walling

We look forward to seeing you there!

If you are unable to attend the event but would like a copy of the show brochure it will be available on our Facades showcase page on LinkedIn later in the week.

Find out more about the SIDERISE ceiling void barrier range - A new brochure is available for download from our website.

SIDERISE has developed a range of products for its Interiors sector that includes high-performance acoustic barriers for use in ceiling voids. SIDERISE acoustic insulation systems have been designed to help resolve the issue of ‘Cross-Talk’ whilst offering exceptional room-to-room sound reduction. The range includes acoustic void barriers for suspended ceilings, acoustic void closures for tops of walls, and cavity barriers and fire stops for suspended ceilings and profiled decks.

Details of these products, along with a comparison of their acoustic and fire performance are available in a new brochure ‘SIDERISE Ceiling Void Barriers’. The brochure is available for download from our website.

For additional free technical advice, and support in selecting the product that’s right for your project, contact a member of our Interiors technical team who are always happy to help.

SIDERISE Ceiling Void Barriers Brochure - acoustic insulation, firesafe insulation

Consideration of Façade Acoustics - a report on the 7th Annual Façade Design & Engineering Conference, Qatar

The Middle East and in particular the Gulf States continue to be a hotbed of construction activity. The fall in the oil price has done little to dampen the enthusiasm of investors to invest money into ever taller, wider and more elaborately designed buildings. However, as beneficial as this boom is to the construction industry worldwide, it has to be conceded that not all the developments have been aesthetically sympathetic to their environment or the cultural heritage of the Arab states.

This was a major point of discussion at the recent 7th Annual Façade Design & Engineering Conference held in the Qatari capitol of Doha. Qatar was an apt setting for the conference with Doha itself having more than 40 towers taller than 100m and with the World Cup due to be played in country in 2022 the number of tall towers is set to increase dramatically. A discussion chaired by Eng. Ahmad Jassim Al Jolo of the Qatar Society of Engineers concluded that future developments should try to take more account of the ethnicity and history of the region.

Whether a building’s facade is constructed in shiny glass, traditional stone or burnished copper makes little difference to the occupants once they are at their desks or in their beds. For an office or a residential tower a primary focus is on the comfort of the inhabitants. In recent years it has become widely accepted that one of the major factors in determining comfort is the ability of the fabric of the building to either absorb or reflect noise. Acoustics are a particularly sensitive issue in curtain wall construction due to the hollow aluminium components acting as a conduit for sound waves.

Andrew Kay, the Global Façades Manager for SIDERISE, presented the paper “Consideration of Façade Acoustics”. The presentation considered the perspectives of different project stakeholders; an architect, for example, will want the building’s exterior to make a statement. This may be achieved by designing a wall of glass with clean glazing lines and minimal visuals behind the façade. Whilst aesthetically pleasing, a design like this can create acoustical issues since the best way to reduce sound transference is to introduce mass. The elements that comprise this mass can compromise the visual appeal of the façade.

Whilst many would like to live or work in an attractive building, other factors such as comfort and privacy play a major role in determining an occupant’s happiness in their environment. In the UK, local authorities receive more complaints about noise than any other issue.

The presentation also looked at the various sound transmission paths from ‘room to room’ and ‘floor to floor’ and demonstrated how relatively minor design changes could give major gains in acoustic performance. This was evidenced in a series of case studies, notably 1 Hyde Park, one of London’s most prestigious addresses where the innovative design of the mullions and transoms posed significant problems in meeting a high acoustic specification. SIDERISE developed a product specifically for this application that is only 31mm thick with an acoustic performance of 46dB Rw. This is equivalent to a 100mm partition wall.

The Olympic Village constructed in East London for the 2012 Games, which unsurprisingly had a high acoustic specification, is another example. With athletes from different countries potentially in adjacent rooms, privacy was deemed to be paramount. SIDERISE was the only company that could offer a viable solution acceptable to all three acoustic consultancies involved in the project.

SIDERISE prides itself on its ability to assist designers, contractors and building owners with solutions for both acoustic and passive fire applications. A team of qualified acousticians and fire engineers are available from conception stage through to commissioning of the building.

To receive a copy of the conference presentation ‘Consideration of façade acoustics: How to improve performance & quality by design’, a copy of the technical paper ‘Horizontal treatment of the slab edge in curtain wall buildings’, or for further information please contact our

With its expertise in developing insulation products for interiors, SIDERISE prides itself in having supplied key insulation solutions for interior entertainment, residential and commercial fit-outs as part of award-winning developments.

With its expertise in developing insulation products for interiors, SIDERISE prides itself in having supplied key insulation solutions for interior entertainment, residential and commercial fit-outs as part of award-winning developments.

This year the prestigious One Hyde Park development in London was highly commended at the ANC Acoustic Awards due to its complex acoustic challenges and the insulation solutions provided. The development demanded acoustic performance levels that exceeded the criteria demanded by Building Regulations ‘Approved Document E’. The material used was to be as thin as possible for both practical and aesthetic reasons. SIDERISE met this challenge using its FIP high performance acoustic panel, comprising four primary layers in composite form, and offering a combination of stiffness and damping, with a nominal thickness of only 31mm. SIDERISE FIP had exceeded performance expectations for a thin, single homogenous panel, normally limited to 30-35dB, by achieving 46dB Rw when tested.

In 2013 the SSE Hydro Arena, one of Glasgow’s most prestigious entertainment venues, won the “Most Stylish Entertainment Venue”. The complex geometry of the arena’s bespoke British Gypsum sloping fire rated plenum ceilings meant that a specialist solution would be required to meet acoustic performance requirements. SIDERISE used its acoustic barrier mat SIDERISE BM/Px series, thin polymeric sound barriers providing exceptional flexibility and optimum sound reduction and dampening performance. The result was a fully compliant system.

All products are made from robust sustainable materials, and include a comprehensive range of fire insulation products for walls, ceilings and floors. Bespoke solutions can be designed to suit complex requirements.

You can download these case studies from our projects page.

At the recent Association of Noise Consultants (ANC) Awards, the project One Hyde Park was highly commended by judges in relation to sound insulation. SIDERISE was very proud to be a part of this project.

In June, the prestigious One Hyde Park project, based in the heart of London, was highly commended by the judges at the Association of Noise Consultants (ANC) Awards. One Hyde Park is a luxurious residential development in Knightsbridge that consists of four separate pavilions of varying height. These comprise 82 apartments and four penthouses designed to cater to the high-end residential sector. The scale and purpose of this project has meant that it has set new standards throughout the industry.

Acoustic performance and suitable sound insulation had proved particularly challenging due to the nature of the project, the bespoke design of individual dwellings and client expectations. SIDERISE was asked by Clarke Saunders Associates, the noise consultants for the project, to provide a solution that would prevent the performance of internal walls being compromised by the complexity of the interface with the façade.

The complex design consisted of narrow glazing mullion sections canted at various angles, and a profile that included different sectional elements at floor and ceiling interfaces.  The solution would need to close the detail efficiently, while remaining aesthetically consistent with the architectural and interior designs. 

To solve the sound issue SIDERISE offered SIDERISE FIP high performance acoustic panel, a product comprising of four primary layers in composite form offering a combination of stiffness and damping within a high mass panel with a nominal thickness of only 31mm. When tested in April 2011 the results far exceeded expectations for a thin, single homogenous panel, normally limited to 30-35dB, achieving 46dB Rw proving that the FIP panel was in a class of its own.

Clarke Saunders Associates had set out to achieve a performance greater than 40dB RW and were extremely pleased with the result that SIDERISE FIP had provided.

“The result of 46dB Rw for the SIDERISE FIP High Performance Acoustic Panel doesn’t quite defy the laws of physics, but it’s a very impressive outcome, and a very useful product.” – Ed Clarke, Clarke Saunders Associates

You can find out more about the project in our One Hyde Park case study.

The acoustics industry along with associated building regulations, such as Approved Document E and BB93, brings practitioners a host of complex terminology.

With increasing focus on acoustic requirements within the built environment, along with the need to meet stringent building regulations such as Building Regulations Approved Document E (ADE), BB93, it is essential for practitioners to gain a better understanding of associated acoustics terms. Our Jargon Buster, created by our technical experts, will help you to gain an understanding of the more common terms. for your free copy.

Siderise will be exhibiting at the Façade Design & Engineering Show in Saudi Arabia, 08 - 09 December.

We will be exhibiting at the third Annual Façade Design & Engineering event in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, which takes place on 08 to 09 December.

Visit our stand to find out more about our fire safety and noise control solutions for facades, and speak to us about our products:

  •  Perimeter Barrier: Slab Edge Firestop
  • Acoustic Materials: Curtain Walling
  • Firesafe Insulation: Spandrel Panels
  • Firesafe Cores: Curtain Walling

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

 

Siderise will be exhibiting at The Big 5 in Dubai, 25 - 28 November.

We will be exhibiting at The Big 5 in Dubai on 25 - 28 November.

Visit stand 2E61 to find out more about our fire safety and noise control insulation solutions for facades.

 

Siderise will be exhibiting for the first time at EcoBuild 2013 on 5-7th March.

Siderise will be exhibiting for the first time at EcoBuild 2013 on 5-7 March.

Visit us on Stand N1327 for our latest product developments and an insight into sustainable materials for Architectural and Industrial applications.

Our product ranges provide fire and acoustic solutions for Building facades and interiors, and noise control solutions ranging from Automotive, Rail and Marine to Wind Energy and Video Conferencing.

There will be experts on hand to discuss your project in detail, we can offer advice on a wide range of solutions encompassing:

  • Building Façade firestopping
  • Building compartmentation and cavity barriers
  • Architectural acoustics – room to room and interiors
  • Industrial Noise control:
    -HVAC systems and heat exchangers
    -Compressors and Power generation
    -Construction Noise and Fencing
    -Automotive and Rail
    -Marine
    -Wind Energy

Materials and data will be available for examination. Feel free to visit us, to meet the team and learn more about the Siderise difference.

Siderise have developed Lamaphon FIP to deal with the challenging condition of the junction of an internal partition to the curtain wall façade.

Siderise have developed Lamaphon FIP to deal with the challenging condition of the junction of an internal partition to the curtain wall façade.

Horizontal sound transmission loss performance can be severely degraded from poorly performing interface panels.

Lamaphon FIP has been designed to deliver the optimum SRI performance at the minimum thickness.

View our product page in our Facades section.

World class yachts deserve world class acoustic solutions.

SIDERISE has over 25 years experience working with the best in European boat building. With that experience comes an intimate understanding of the unique challenges presented by marine craft noise control. Find out more in our brochure 'Calming the Waves' available for download in the Marine section on our website.

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