Acoustics & Vibration Consultancy Services in Luxembourg and Across Europe
We Have Helped European Companies in All Sectors Solve Noise and Vibration Problems for More Than 20 Years
With unrivalled expertise in the field of vibro-acoustics, backed by more than 20 years’ practical experience, Soft dB is proud to offer acoustical consulting services and innovative noise control solutions in Luxembourg, Belgium, and all over Europe. We employ more than 100 staff, which includes thirty engineers who are specialists in acoustics and vibration. Our dedicated workforce pool their accumulated knowledge and collective know-how to solve any problem related to:
- Architectural acoustics (buildings, open- and closed office layouts, auditoriums, etc.);
- Environmental acoustics (compliance studies, data mapping and studies monitoring the impact on acoustic environments, projections detailing the post-implementation effect of sound attenuation measures, etc.);
- Acoustics & vibration levels in industry and construction (monitoring and assessment of the integrity of structures and equipment, human perspectives, researching effective mitigation measures, etc.);
Comfort and Speech Privacy in Open and Closed Office Layouts
The creation of larger and more affordable workspaces can mean acoustic considerations are often considerably downplayed during the design phase. Nevertheless, this can have a major influence on the well-being and productivity of employees. Some rooms are also designated as spaces for sharing confidential information, but it is not always easy to assess their effectiveness and thus guarantee that conversations cannot be easily overheard outside these rooms.
Thanks to Class 1 certified instruments designed by Soft dB, our acoustic technicians can evaluate the levels of comfort and confidentiality in your offices, in accordance with the designated norms and standards applicable in your country. If you should fail to meet the targets recommended in the literature, we can help you to improve the level of comfort in your office environments, and ensure you achieve the necessary level of confidentiality. And above all, keep your costs to the minimum by avoiding needless expense.
Environmental Studies and Noise Monitoring
Whether it is caused by transport (road, rail and aviation), industrial or construction sites, outdoor noise is always subject to regulation. This is invariably a public health issue because environmental noise can have significant effects on the health and well-being of humans.
We have the necessary skills to conduct comprehensive environmental studies, including:
- A full-scale acoustic characterisation of sound sources
- Modelling of the sound propagation environment
- The plotting of sound maps
- Ranking of noise sources based on their contribution to the soundscape
- Mitigating measures designed to ensure compliance with european noise regulations
In addition, Soft dB has developed its own unattended measurement stations which allow for real-time monitoring of noise levels, vibrations, traffic trends, weather and dust concentrations. A technology created to understand the real long-term impact on the soundscape, including advanced reporting and notifications to continuously inform decision makers about reducing or shutting down specific equipment that generate excessive noise or vibrations.
Vibro-Acoustic Consultancy Services in Industry
On a typical industrial site there are acoustic sources which can affect the comfort and health of the workforce, as well as vibratory sources which can influence the integrity of other systems (equipment and/or structures), and can themselves also radiate noise.
In such circumstances, on-site measurements are used to formulate a better understanding of the propagation paths as well as the vibratory and acoustic behaviours of any system elements. However, where this is part of a design process, or when complex measurements are involved, numerical calculations based on analytical models or even finite elements can be used to predict system behaviour and to refine and implement mitigation measures.
Product Development in Acoustics and Vibrations
Soft dB is heavily involved in R&D projects arising from vibratory and acoustic problems which cannot be solved by conventional methods. And because we have significant numbers of staff who have led or participated in innovative research projects (more than a dozen PhDs, for example), Soft dB is not only in a position to broaden the scope of its operations (to include vibro-acoustics, aeroacoustics, imaging, etc.), but also optimally equipped to recommend expedient solutions designed to address your current problems.
We Help You Continuously Achieve Compliance With European Noise Regulations
In Luxembourg, as in Belgium, systems radiating noise beyond the confines of a site cannot exceed a certain noise level (measured in decibels) in the immediate vicinity of that site. Acceptable limits specified in laws, regulations, decrees or other legislative documents are collated under the respective national or regional environmental codes applicable.
Luxembourg Noise Regulations
In Luxembourg, the two primary regulations presently governing environmental acoustics are:
- Grand-ducal regulation of 13 February 1979 on noise levels in the immediate vicinity of business establishments and construction sites;
- Grand-ducal regulation of 16 November 1978 on sound levels for music within establishments and their vicinity.
Soft dB can help you with administrative procedures such as an environmental permit application, an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), or a request seeking authorisation for a classified facility (commodo/ incommodo procedure).
Belgium Noise Regulations
In Belgium, the present federal regulations, which address noise issues according to the sector of activity, are:
- Racing sport: Royal decree of 10 June 1976;
- Music: Royal decree of 24 February 1977;
- Measurement of construction equipment: Royal decree of 16 June 1982;
- Household devices : Royal decree of 29 April 2001;
- Equipment for use outdoors: Royal decree of 6 March 2002;
- Placing on the market of machinery: Royal decree of 12 August 2008.
The Flemish, Walloon and Brussels-Capital regions have reviewed some of these regulations and implemented other regulations in the form of orders, decrees or even VLAREM II in Flanders. Here again, Soft dB can help with administrative procedures such as an environmental permit application.
Levels of Exposure to Noise and Vibration in the Workplace
As an employer, it is your responsibility to ensure the health and safety of your employees. And each and every instance of excessive exposure to noise and/or vibration can have a significant effect on the health of individuals. In industrial contexts, the limits of exposure which must never be exceeded, as well as the values beyond which an employer must take remedial action are clearly regulated throughout Europe. Nevertheless, the assessment of noise and vibration exposure levels can be a complex issue, which is why Soft dB offers you a range of professional services from the evaluation of exposure levels to the recommendation of appropriate attenuation measures to safeguard the health of your workforce.
Real-Time Monitoring Solution for Noise, Vibrations, Dust, Traffic and Weather
You can only control what you can measure. Our real-time monitoring solution helps decision makers take the guesswork out of noise and vibration mitigation, regardless of industry or project type. With reliable acoustic data collected 24/7 and accessible through a simple web-based dashboard, you’ll always know when and where to take corrective action to remain compliant with local noise regulations.
Reduce Office Distractions the Smart Way
Ever Heard of Sound Masking?
If one of your goals is to provide a distraction-free workspace atmosphere that optimizes focus and promotes productivity while ensuring employee privacy and comfort, sound masking is one of the most cost-effective solutions. Some of the most successful companies in Europe and the United Kingdom are currently leveraging sound masking technology across their offices to improve employee productivity and well-being. Chances are you’ve visited an office space with sound masking before without even knowing it. The right sound masking system allows office workers to concentrate better and enjoy higher levels of privacy, by producing a soothing sound that muffles conversations and common distractions while seamlessly blending into the office background virtually unnoticed.
Sound masking greatly reduces the radius of distraction in open offices. Employees get a lot less distracted by conversations within 5 to 12 meters from where a sound masking speaker is located. Focus is improved and productivity increases measurably.
Lower Construction Costs
Sound masking reduces the need for plenum barriers, soundproof doors and extra drywall layers. It improves the acoustic performance of movable partitions without sacrificing their flexibility. Construction costs can be reduced by 32 euros per square meter.
Lack of privacy is the biggest frustration in today’s workplace. Sound masking improves speech privacy between neighbouring workstations and offices separated only by partitions by adding background noise to make conversations less intelligible.
How Does Sound Masking Work? Watch and Listen Through Our Virtual Demo
Words alone are not enough to give you an appreciation of how sound masking reduces workspace distractions while improving speech privacy. So we’ve built a quick virtual demo to let you hear and feel what this technology is all about. Although this virtual demo doesn’t come close to experiencing an actual sound masking system demoed in your office, it’ll get you pretty close to grasping the fundamental concept, all from the comfort of your home.
Our Acoustical Consulting and Engineering Services
- Speech privacy and sound masking in office environments
- Compliance with EU regulations and local codes on environmental noise and employee exposure
- Remote measurement and real-time monitoring of environmental noise emissions
- Implementation of noise and vibration reducing measures
- Acoustical imagery and noise mapping
- Noise and vibration engineering
- Soundproofing solutions for machines
- Engineering in active noise control
- Acoustic product design and optimization
Learn About Office Acoustics With Our Experts
In charge of our acoustical consultating office in Luxembourg, Christophe Marchetto, mechanical engineer with a PhD in vibro-acoustics, makes it easy for you to learn the essential concepts of acoustics right here, at your own convenience. His 20-minute video lessons explain and popularize various acoustical phenomena that you’ve perhaps already heard of, but without really understanding them. Are you interested in the science of sound and how it impacts the comfort of your workspace? You might as well get started with an authority on the domain. Happy learning!
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