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Changes to the BCA affecting Sound Insulation: JF0536

Jon Farren
Formal CPD
1 Hour - FORMAL
Duration: 00:42:09
Jon Farren, Managing Consultant of Marshall Day Acoustics, explains the architectural implications of the recent changes to the Building Code of Australia regarding sound insulation. The fundamentals of sound measurement and the acoustic terminology, as used in the BCA, are clearly explained. The shortcomings of the BCA are highlighted along with other important sound insulation issues. By including recorded examples of sound transmission, through a variety of building materials, Jon Farren converts the topic of sound insulation from a mere BCA requirement to a tangible architectural problem.    
  • Clearly understand the sound insulation requirements of the Building Codes of Australia, including any shortcomings of the codes and sound insulation issues not covered in the codes.
  • Know where to find information on those sound insulation issues which are not covered by the BCA.
  • Know when to consult an acoustic specialist and know which stages of the project they are likely to be involved in.
  • Understand how to approach the selection of construction materials to provide the appropriate sound insulation for a variety of circumstances.
  • Know which areas of buildings are particularly important in terms of sound insulation.
Recognised by the NSW ARB, ARB of Victoria, BA of Qld, AB of WA, Work Stds Tas, APB of SA, PIA, AILA & BDA


    Managing Consultant, Marshall Day Acoustics, Sydney Office

    Jon Farren graduated from University of Salford with an engineering degree specifically in Electroacoustics. He has worked as an acoustic consultant in Ireland, England, Australia and New Zealand for over 14 years.  Having first worked with Marshall Day Acoustics in Wellington in 1996, Jon has recently become the manager of their Sydney office.  He has extensive experience in room acoustics, sound insulation design and environmental noise over a range of project types in the cultural, commercial and residential sectors.

    Marshall Day Acoustics Pty Ltd was established in 1987.  With its New Zealand partner, it has become an internationally recognised acoustic consultancy with major projects in Australasia, Malaysia and North America.  Marshall Day Acoustics provide a wide range of acoustical, environmental noise, and noise control design services, including concert hall and auditoria design, environmental noise assessments, building services and industrial noise control.

    The company is committed to promoting excellence in acoustics through providing the highest standard of professional services in addition to holding seminars and providing informative technical articles available to all on the company website,