Acoustics & Vibration Consulting Services in Toronto and Across Ontario
Our Acoustical Engineers Have Helped Canadian Organizations Solve Their Noise and Vibration Problems for Over 25 Years
With unrivalled expertise in the field of vibro-acoustics, backed by more than 25 years’ practical experience, we’re proud to offer acoustical engineering services and cutting-edge noise and vibration control solutions across Ontario through our Toronto office. We employ a vastly skilled team of over 100 experts, including 30 acousticians and PhDs specialized in vibro-acoustics. Our dedicated workforce pool their accumulated knowledge and collective expertise to solve any problem related to:
- Building & room acoustics (HVAC system noise, room soundproofing, facade sound insulation, structure-borne noise and vibration control, reverberation issues, speech privacy and intelligibility optimization, acoustic performance measurements, evaluations and recommendations following Tarion Construction Performance Guidelines, WELL Building Standards, and LEED Green Building Rating Program.);
- Environmental noise emissions (compliance assessments, data mapping and studies monitoring the impact on acoustic environments, projections detailing the post-implementation effect of noise attenuation measures, etc.);
- Noise and vibration control in industrial facilities and construction sites (monitoring and assessment of the integrity of structures and equipment, human perspectives, implementation of effective mitigation measures, machinery soundproofing etc.);
Our Acoustical Engineering Services At a Glance
- Noise and vibration control (class 1 precision on-site measurements, advanced analytics and reporting)
- Noise law compliance (NPC-300 environmental noise guideline and city-specific community noise bylaws)
- Environmental monitoring campaigns (outdoor noise, ground vibrations, dust emissions, drilling and blasting)
- Heavy equipment soundproofing (Custom-made machine soundproofing blankets, silencers and vibration dampeners)
- Workplace noise measurements and dosimetry (Occupational Health and Safety Act O. Reg. 381/15)
- Acoustical imagery (aerial noise mapping, noise source and sound leakage visualization, room acoustics simulation)
- Workplace acoustics (reverberation control, meeting room and private office soundproofing, speech privacy, open office distractions and sound masking technology)
- Residential acoustics (Tarion Bulletin 19 reviews and certification, building services noise and vibration control, post-construction acoustical testing, ASTC and FIIC field measurements, condo unit soundproofing guidance)
Environmental Noise Surveys and Noise Law Compliance
Whether it’s generated by transport, industrial processes or construction work, outdoor noise is always subject to regulations. In Ontario just like anywhere else, failure to comply with noise laws invariably impacts the health and wellbeing of humans—adjacent populations and on-site workers alike. But beyond achieving regulatory compliance, reconciling inherently loud operations with a nearby community’s right for peace and quiet is a challenge in itself.
Noise and Vibration Control in Industrial Facilities
Our acousticians and vibration experts take on-site measurements to gain a better understanding of the propagation paths as well as the vibratory and acoustic behaviours of all machines and processes involved. However, with new machines still in the design process, or when more complex vibro-acoustical measurements are involved, numerical calculations based on analytical models or even finite elements can be used to accurately predict the noise and vibration levels of select machines or parts. This enables our experts to implement and refine mitigation measures earlier on in the industrial equipment design and commissioning process.
Soundproofing Blankets for Heavy Equipment and Vehicles
Dealing with noisy machines and industrial equipment? Let’s wrap them up in our heavy duty soundproofing blankets. Adaptable to all equipment shapes and sizes, our soundproofing blankets not only deliver outstanding noise isolation performance at a very reasonable cost, but are also fully waterproof, UV resistant, and easy to install. Suitable for both indoor and outdoor equipment, including moving vehicles, our soundproofing blankets are particularly efficient in reducing high noise levels at low frequencies, which are typically the most difficult to attenuate.
Workspace Acoustic Comfort and Speech Privacy
Thanks to Class 1 measuring instruments developed in-house by our R&D engineers, our acousticians can objectively evaluate the comfort and confidentiality levels of your office spaces, in accordance with recognized standards such as WELL Building Standard and LEED v4.1 Acoustic Performance requirements. What’s more, we’ll help you achieve the desired acoustic standards while keeping your construction or retrofitting costs to a minimum. How? By first validating simpler, more cost-effective solutions, such as sound masking technology, before resorting to more complex soundproofing work and specialized sound absorbing materials.
Tarion Acoustic Review and Testing for Home Builders
Condo owners don’t care how theoretically soundproof their units are. How much or how little they’re actually able to hear their neighbors, the building service equipment, and the outside city noise is really all that matters to them in the end. Our acoustical engineers not only have comprehensive hands-on experience with the Ontario Building Code’s acoustic performance requirements, but are also very well versed in the Tarion Builder Bulletin 19R acoustical compliance review and certification process.
We Help Them Keep Noise and Vibrations Under Control
Creating Quieter, Safer, and More Comfortable Environments for All Through Hundreds of Successful Acoustical Engineering Projects Each Year
Parliament of Canada
Recommendations for limiting noise and vibrations generated by nearby temporary transportation sources.
Kruger Pulp and Paper Mills
Noise impact assessments and management plans, noise propagation modelling, advanced engineering studies.
Agnico Eagle Mines
Continuous noise and vibration monitoring and consulting services for environmental conformity assessments.
Suncor Energy’s Refineries
Noise compliance assessments, noise propagation modelling, advanced noise control engineering, and soundproofing.
Eurovia Roadwork and Highways
Complete noise management and mitigation plans during major road and bridge construction projects.
American Iron Metal Recycling Sites
Environmental noise impact assessment for a proposed auto-parts and automobile recycling site in Kingston.
GWLRA’s Multi-Residential Towers
Full acoustical study for a 41-storey building project: Exterior enveloppe calculation, and interiors acoustic design.
Queen’s University Law Clinics
Interior acoustic performance evaluation and recommendations to improve confidentiality and speech privacy between rooms.
Hydro Ottawa’s Electrical Substation
Compliance evaluation and noise level simulations with respect to the noise regulations of the City of Ottawa.
Our Acoustical Engineers Will Help You Achieve Compliance With NPC-300 Environmental Noise Guidelines
In 2013, the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) of the province of Ontario published NPC-300, a guideline on the proper control of sources of noise emissions to the environment. NPC-300 clarifies and consolidates various sound level limits and noise assessment criteria, previously scattered across LU-131, NPC-205 and NPC-232 publications, into one single, more easily referenced document. NPC-300 also brings consistency to the three main areas where noise impact assessments should be conducted: environmental compliance approvals, land use planning, and measures taken against excessive noise levels, whether through complaints made to the MOECC or through municipal noise bylaws. Following NPC-300 guideline helps you ensure that your sources of emissions to the environment are effectively controlled to prevent potential negative effects. The full NPC-300 Environmental Noise Guideline can be found right here.
Acoustic Assessment Report
Ontario’s Environmental Noise Guideline specifies maximum noise limits for places considered to be sensitive receptors. Are your facilities or operations located in close proximity to noise-sensitive locations such as houses, apartments, schools, hospitals, day cares, or places or worship? If yes, your Environmental Compliance Approval application will need to include an Acoustic Assessment Report (AAR) which is meant to accurately predict your noise impact on surrounding communities.
Noise Abatement Action Plan
If your predicted noise levels are above those specified in NPC-300 and compliance can’t be demonstrated, a Noise Abatement Action Plan (NAAP) will have to be submitted to the MOECC along with your Acoustic Assessment Report. The NAAP defines the corrective measures and implementation timeframe needed to achieve adequate mitigation of excessive noise levels, which can include the installation of silencers, vibration dampeners, soundproof blankets, noise barriers, berms, etc.
24/7 Noise & Vibration Monitoring for Regulatory Compliance
Our one-of-a-kind acoustic monitoring platform continuously helps you implement effective measures to mitigate your operations’ noise and vibration impacts on the environment and local communities. Our R&D engineers have designed rugged and compact remote measurement stations that record in real-time many types of environmental data: noise, vibration levels, dust concentration, road traffic, weather conditions and more. Our web-based monitoring platform keeps a close eye on your site’s noise and ground vibration levels 24/7, rain or shine, letting you stay focused on your core activities. Wherever you are, on-site or off-site, you’ll always know the place and time to take corrective measures in order to remain compliant with Ontario’s environmental regulations and noise laws.
Get instantly notified by email or text message whenever your site’s measured levels (noise, vibration, dust concentration etc.) exceed the regulatory limits specified by the Ontario government and your community bylaws.
Automatically receive daily reports providing an overview of your site’s noise and vibration levels. Get access to key insights over time in order to better plan your operations and achieve continuous compliance.
Your collected data is securely stored in the cloud and accessible through a simple web application. Wherever you are, see at a glance your noise and vibration levels in real-time for each monitoring station deployed in the field.
Tarion Construction Performance Guidelines: How Do Your Houses and Condominiums Measure Up Acoustically?
What is one of the most common complaints on Tarion warranty forms? Noise levels in condominiums. All too often, condo owners are bothered by the noise and vibrations coming from the building’s mechanical equipment. What’s more, they can also hear their next-door and next-floor neighbors through the unit’s walls, floors and ceilings—not exactly the blissful quietude that’s rightfully expected from one’s private living space. And so as a result, Tarion strengthened the acoustic review and testing requirements outlined in its Builder Bulletin 19 – Design and Field Review Reporting for Condominium. Tarion’s updated Builder Bulletin 19R can be found right here.
You’re a Tarion-Registered Home Builder? Let Us Be Your Acoustical Consultants
You build and sell new homes in Ontario? Tarion says that you need a qualified acoustical consultant to perform field tests of key partitions to confirm that they provide the sound transmission class (STC) rating required by applicable building codes and standards. And as experienced acoustians with hundreds of building acoustics projects under our belt, we say that it’ll always be far cheaper to minimize warranty claim risks associated with the acoustic qualities of living spaces during construction than dealing with dissatisfied owners upon delivery of their homes. In fact, regardless of Tarion new home warranty program, construction guidelines, and any building standard for that matter, paying extra attention to the acoustic performance of your spaces—how they bolster sound privacy and comfort—will always be a profitable investment.
Minimizing Acoustics-Related Tarion Warranty Claim Risks: 4 Key Questions
Are you in control of the noise and vibration levels generated by mechanical, electrical, and HVAC equipment? Are you effectively minimizing noise and vibration transmission to living spaces?
Are your elevators equipped with appropriate noise attenuating components as required by the design?
Are your water supply pipes correctly installed to minimize noise caused by water hammer or vibration/pipe movement?
Will the wall, door, floor, and ceiling assemblies specified by your project architect achieve their intended soundrproofing performance once installed? Are acoustic materials integrated correctly?
As your acoustical consultants, we’ll do a lot more than simply answering the questions above. Throughout all stages of your construction project, we’ll collaborate closely with key disciplines and stackholders, providing clear, actionable, and cost-effective recommendations on how to optimize the many factors which impact the acoustic performance of your living spaces. Working with us means taking the guesswork out of meeting your home buyers’ expectations for acoustic privacy and comfort.
Our Sound Masking System Reduces Office Distractions and Improves Employee Privacy While Helping You Save Money on Soundproof Partitions and Acoustic Panels
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. In North America alone, sound masking systems are installed in nearly 100,000,000 square feet of new corporate and government office space each year. Chances are you’ve visited a space covered by sound masking before without even knowing it. The right sound masking system provides your workplace with a higher level of privacy by producing a soothing sound that muffles conversations and other 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 15 to 40 feet from where a sound masking speaker is located. Concentration 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 up to $3 per square foot.
More Acoustic Privacy
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.
Advanced Vibro-Acoustical Modeling and Simulations
In a lot of cases, finding the most cost-effective and robust solutions to reduce noise or vibration levels requires the use of advanced computational modeling and simulation techniques, such as noise mapping, aeroacoustics modeling and finite element analysis. Our acoustical consultants have extensive experience in building computational models for noise and vibration propagation:
Finite Element Method
Our vibration experts leverage finite element analysis to effectively reduce high vibration levels negatively affecting your operations and anticipate vibrational behaviors of your mechanical designs.
Using advanced environmental acoustics mapping softwares such as CadnaA and SoundPlan, we create highly accurate noise maps for cities, road networks, construction sites, open-pit mines etc..
Computational aeroacoustics simulations provide a detailed assessment of flow-induced noise sources while highlighting workable solutions that could hardly be explored through prototyping.
Need Help With Noise or Vibration Problems?
Our acoustical consultants are listening. Taking control of your noise and vibration levels starts with our unique field expertise. No acoustic problem is too small or too complex for our world-class team of experts.