Recent studies have shown that many classrooms have poor acoustics. As a result, children with normal hearing are often unable to make out what is being said in class. While adults will guess at missing words, children find it much harder to fill in the gaps and their educational development can suffer.
Building Bulletin 93
All school buildings are now subject to detailed design checks and on-site inspections by building control officers. The aim of Building Bulletin 93 is to provide a simple but comprehensive guide for architects, building control officers, building services engineers, clients, and others involved in the design of new school buildings.

Section 1 of Building Bulletin 93 describes the 'Specification of acoustic performance'. This section gives the performance targets for compliance with the Requirement from Part E of the Building Regulations 2000 (as amended):

'Each room or other space in a school building shall have the acoustic conditions and the insulation against disturbance by noise appropriate to its normal use.'

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