Acoustic Detailing for Multi-Storey Residential Buildings by The steel construction Institute

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All ceiling joints must be sealed with tape or caulked with sealant. Ceiling treatment must be installed in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. 4 Down lighters and recessed lighting Down lighters or recessed lighting may be installed in the ceiling with no significant loss of acoustic performance provided that: • There is a minimum ceiling void of 75 mm. • Lighting is installed in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. • There is no more than one light per 2 m2 of ceiling area in each room.

2 Services in separating walls Services within separating walls must be detailed appropriately to ensure that the acoustic performance of the separating wall is not impaired. The usual solutions are to stagger services on either side of the wall and provide additional layers of gypsum-based board where the wall board is penetrated. Typical details for services in light steel framed separating wall are given. ) 2 additional layers of gypsum-based board nominal 22 kg/m² (total) to enclose electrical boxes Electrical socket or switch etc.

Floor slab (In-situ concrete slab on profiled steel decking or pre-cast units) Proprietary battens with integral resilient foam strip Notes This floating floor treatment is a Robust Detail floor treatment (FFT 3) when used with 18 mm (minimum) tongue and groove flooring board and resilient composite standard battens at least 45 mm deep. Total clearance ≥ 45 mm when loaded to 25 kg/m2. The timber batten is bonded to resilient foam strips at the top or at the bottom. For additional performance, a 19 mm gypsum-based board may be included under the flooring board (optional).

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