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Modern buildings cannot function effectively without essential building services equipment - all of which produce noise and vibrations and, in many instances, are in close proximity to noise sensitive spaces.

The high isolation standards for building components means the existing background noise level inside apartments is becoming lower and consequently even the smallest building service equipment can generate annoyance.

Noise isolation measurements are generally required by local codes and implemented for the health and wellbeing of the building's occupants. Vibration isolation can also be relevant for protection of sensitive equipment.

The mechanical equipment will inevitably generate noise and vibration and, as they are usually mechanically secured to the supporting structure, high levels of structure-borne noise and vibration are likely. In order to mitigate this potential noise nuisance these machines, and their associated connections, must be decoupled from the supporting structure.

Examples of building services and mechanical equipment that may require noise and vibration control are: electrical transformers, generators, heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems (HVACs), control rooms, air handling units (AHUs), pump sets, extract fans, pipework, ducting and peripheral devices, lift systems (rails, motor, and electrical closet), heat pumps, chillers and cooling towers, compressors, cogeneration plants (CHP).

Typical examples of where our industrial solutions can be used to minimize the effects of noise and vibration from machinery:

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