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The workplace, school, kindergarten, etc. is where many of us spend large parts of the day and it is a great burden for many when there is a poor sound environment in the premises. Echoes (reverberation) occur in all types of rooms that do not have enough "soft materials" where the sound waves can find rest. This can be from small cellular offices, open-plan offices, meeting rooms, industry, schools, kindergartens, sports halls and swimming pools, etc.

Typical symptoms of persistent noise can include difficulty concentrating, headaches, stress leading to shoulder and neck pain, sleep problems, burnout, aggression and more long-term problems if it persists. It is particularly troublesome for the hearing impaired and elderly and can hinder effective interaction and general wellbeing. It's usually very easy to address.

A combination of sound-absorbing ceilings, sound-absorbing panels on walls and ceilings, acoustic table screens/partition walls, carpets and furniture in fabric, acoustic pictures, plants, etc. HSE requirements and regulations have clear limit values for what is permitted in different types of areas and applications.

Norwegian Standard NS 8175 (last updated in 2019) sets clear rules for permitted sound levels in all types of buildings. In our experience, many workplaces do not fulfil the requirements of the Norwegian Standard and TEK.


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Norwegian Acoustics Centre is a specialist centre for sound control in all types of buildings, and we have developed a system for measuring and mapping acoustics in all types of buildings. Based on the exact information we obtain through measurements, we calculate and describe the measures needed to achieve the correct acoustics in relation to the area of use and in relation to current regulations.

Updated requirements for acoustics in buildings

An updated version of the standard was published in July 2019 NS8175 - Sound in buildings. New standard replaces NS8175:2012.

The updated standard entails stricter requirements and more nuanced requirements for all types of buildings in Norway. The changes are many and in a more stringent direction. Note that the 2012 standard still applies in accordance with the Building Regulations, TEK 17.

This has consequences for everyone who:

  • Building new.
  • Makes structural changes.
  • Undertaking upgrades.
  • Has existing problems with acoustics etc.

In other words, it will be even more important to take the right measures with the right resources to fulfil future requirements. Acoustics is a separate discipline and must be treated separately from other building disciplines. This means that problems and solutions must be identified with the help of those who have the expertise to do so.

We help you with the entire process, from A to Z. We measure and calculate in accordance with the requirements set out in the NS 8175 and NS8178 standards, which are part of TEK10 and TEK17. We measure acoustics in rooms according to NS-ISO3382-1 & 2, which describes measurement procedures, measurement points and measurements for all types of rooms. We use internationally recognised measuring equipment, including Norsonic 131. Norsonic is one of the market leaders in acoustic measuring equipment.

NAS employees who perform measurements have been trained in the use of the measuring equipment and procedures at Norsonic.