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The recently published Acoustic, Ventilation and Overheating Residential Design Guide provides a process for balancing noise, ventilation and overheating for developments in areas with high noise levels.

The aim of the guide is to provide a means of assessment that recognises the relationship between acoustics, ventilation and overheating. This single document consolidates guidance and legislation for all three of these design areas and provides a process to follow dependent on the risk level of noise.

Where noise levels are high, consideration on the ventilation and overheating strategy will be carried out so that an informed decision can then be made on how best to progress with a balanced design. Prescriptive guidance is not given. Instead, the design team are encouraged to work together to put forward a balanced solution.

The guidance provides support in creating a holistic approach which considers how indoor noise levels can conflict with summertime overheating, thermal comfort and ventilation. This supports our work, ensuring residents are provided with a comfortable living environment.