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From buses to road sweepers, military to construction plant vehicles, vehicle noise is an issue in the commercial sector whether it is new developments in powertrain technology or hybridisation or electrification of vehicles.

While many of today’s trucks make 10 times less noise than those built over 40 years ago, road traffic noise remains the most widespread cause of environmental health problems across Europe.  According to the European Environment Agency, almost 70 million people are exposed to excessive long term average road noise levels (>55db), the level recognised to pose a serious risk to health by the World Health Organisation. 

A number of factors contribute to traffic noise, including the road surface and speed- dependent aerodynamic noise, but most urban traffic noise originates from the vehicles rather than the tyres.  The noise standards for commercial vehicles are particularly significant as they cause half of the road noise-burden across Europe.

Emissions pollution has driven changes in engine design such as hybrids and lean engines. However, high running temperatures can result in these engines being noisier.  Even electric vehicles have different noise characteristics which need controlling to gain market acceptance as they often have devices for energy storage that generate noise intermittently themselves .

Tackling noise at source

The vehicle engine is an understandable source of noise, and when you combine this with the powertrain, there are a large number of interlinked components that produce sound.  From rattles to sound pressure waves, these sounds include vibrations and ‘surface radiation’, which is the low-frequency sound produced by a surface as it pulsates, like a drum. The ‘mechanics’ of noise mean that as the sound level of any individual component is reduced, others become more noticeable – which means that all components must be worked on together to actually reduce engine (and vehicle) noise. This is also true for other noise producing vehicle elements. After reducing powertrain and exhaust sounds, other noises may become noticeable such as aerodynamic resistance or previously unnoticed tyre/road noise.

An additional benefit of reducing noise at source is that driver and passenger noise will be significantly improved. Further improvements to sound quality in-cab can be gained by addition of sound insulation and absorption behind or under the interior trim.

A quieter life

Having manufactured acoustic and fire insulation products for more than 40 years, SIDERISE offers a large range of tried-and-tested product enhancements specifically developed to the broad spectrum of requirements in the commercial vehicle sector.

Offering high insulation and absorption performance as well as fuel, oil and chemical resistance, these sound reduction and damping treatments have been expertly designed for the most challenging environments. 

At under 10kg/m3 density, SIDERISE foams are class leaders in weight- saving and by combining with other layers, excellent and targeted acoustic performance can be achieved at minimum thickness. These foam products can also be used in public service vehicles (PSVs) for thermal insulation leading to weight savings of the order of 100kg per vehicle, whilst improving thermal and acoustic performance. The addition of viscoelastic and polymeric heavy layers to these foams can produce high insulation and vibration damping performance.

Paul Handscomb of SIDERISE said, “Our noise control materials can be quickly installed on the production line or workshop and are independently tested to give our clients complete confidence in product performance.”

Fire protection

Recent awareness of the risks of vehicles in tunnels has also required materials with increased fire resistance and protection from ingress of potentially flammable fluids. Devices to burn off particulates and catalytic convertors generate significant heat in engine areas.  In addition, the increased containment by undertrays or close cladding to an engine requires higher temperature resistance materials. 

SIDERISE solutions will provide both integrated noise reduction performance of up to 20dB and are also compliant with Euro 6 legislation and tested to the toughest flammability regulations.  Able to withstand up to 800°C and 30 minutes fire protection, these non-combustible solutions offer exceptional thermal and fire safety performance.

With traffic noise affecting greater numbers of people and faced with tough regulations, the importance of taking a holistic approach to noise control on commercial vehicles has never been more apparent.  Through a wide range of independently tested noise control treatments, SIDERISE will be able to quickly and professionally reach the optimum solution, each and every time, and for the most challenging environments.  

With 40 per cent of fatalities (according to the DCLG) being a result of smoke and noxious gases, Siderise’s Chris Hall considers the importance of passive fire protection in high-rise buildings to mitigate the effects of fire to save lives.

When you consider that asphyxiation from smoke and noxious gases accounts for more than 40 per cent of fatalities (according to the DCLG) and that most deaths happen to people who were not in the room where the fire originated, it is easy to see why firestops are critical to prevent the passage of flames and noxious gases from one floor to the next. Chris Hall, Commercial Development Officer of SIDERISE feels that passive fire protection solutions play a vital role in high-rise buildings mitigating the effects of fire, saving lives and property.

Fires in high-rise buildings generate large quantities of smoke that tend to spread vertically throughout the building, even if the fire is contained to only one room. Smoke travels at up to 130 metres every minute and whilst most people can easily move at this rate in normal circumstances, the majority of survivors of fires stated that smoke restricted their ability to see to no more than 4 metres. 

When the linear gap at perimeter edge between the floor and curtain wall is not properly sealed, flames and smoke will spread vertically to higher floors. Addressing these linear gaps by properly installing firestops, maintains the floors fire compartmentation of the building. This delays vertical smoke-spread and reduces the risk of smoke-related deaths in the upper floors of the building.

Safe solution

The Perimeter barrier firestops seal the linear gap between the edge of the compartment floor slab and external curtain wall. Due to project designs and site tolerances, this linear gap can be variable, so the firestop system used needs to have a degree of ‘dynamic’ movement capability – compression and recovery – in order to accommodate serviceability movement. What is critical is the firestop system must do this in combination with the primary functional requirement, which is to maintain continuity of fire resistance between the compartment floor and the external wall. The installed firestop system needs to match the same period of fire resistance as the compartment floor.

All firestop systems need to be tested to two criteria – Integrity and Insulation (EI).

Integrity (E) refers to the ability of the system to prevent the passage of flame, smoke and combustible gases either through, around the material or through joints in an assembly; while Insulation (I) refers to a measure of the increase in conducted heat transferred from the exposed to unexposed surfaces of 180°C rise above ambient.

These two criteria are critical in the development of curtain wall perimeter firestop products. The most effective products combine a number of material features – density, thickness, resin content, fibre structure and controlled compression – which together determine the resistance properties.

When looking at the Integrity (E) criteria, the material chosen must be impervious to the transfer of flame and gases, easy to install with minimal site management and accommodate all real-world requirements at interfaces, joints and details.

In order to meet the fire and smoke stop requirements in all external façade applications, the Certifire Approved SIDERISE CW-FS perimeter barrier and firestop systems offer an unrivalled combination of fully-qualified performance, practical installation and service benefits.

The principal function of the SIDERISE CW system is to maintain continuity of fire resistance by sealing the linear gap between the compartment floors or walls and external curtain walls both horizontally and vertically.

SIDERISE perimeter barriers and firestops for curtain wallinguse a patented method of manufacture that provides a resilient lateral compression. This facilitates installation, ensures the requisite tight fit and enhances fire Integrity (E). Throughout the range, the materials comprise a one-piece product with a pre-compressed non-combustible stonewool core. The products also have integral aluminium foil facings to provide an overall Class A1 rating and excellent resistance to the passage of smoke. SIDERISE CW-FS perimeter barrier and firestop systems also offer an unrivalled combination of independent third party Certifire approved performance data for both horizontal and vertical applications, Certifire Certificate No CF563 refers.

The systems can offer tested fire rating options ranging from 30 minutes to five hours and can accommodate void widths up to 1200mm. In addition to providing an effective seal against the passage of smoke and fire, the products will also function as an effective acoustic barrier and plenum lining.

Sealing the voids

At the $135 million Al Fattan Crystal Towers, recently completed at the Dubai Marina in the UAE, fire safety was paramount in a development which houses hotel rooms, suites and residential apartments.

With both vertical and horizontal fire compartmentation requirements, the specification of SIDERISE CW-FS 120 firestops provided the contractor Cladtech with a one-stop-shop solution that could maintain a fire and smoke seal in one product and could successfully fill lineargaps at the podium levels in excess of 300mm.

For the two towers, Cladtech installed 12,000 LM of SIDERISE CW-FS 120 firestops including horizontal (floor slab) and vertical compartmentation. With the timeline on the project critical, the use of this dry fix system enabled the work to be completed quickly and efficiently, ready for handover to subcontractors.

Throughout the application, SIDERISE provided comprehensive support including drawing assistance, liaison with the authorities for approval, installation training and periodic site inspection and assistance.

Whilst specifying the correct product is vital, the quality of installation is equally as important. Contractors installing life saving measures such as perimeter barriers and firestops must have adequate training on the particular manufacturer’s products and be qualified to install it in the first place. When it comes to saving lives and protecting businesses and property, a well designed and installed system can make the difference.

For further information about SIDERISE, or for technical advice, contact the SIDERISE

Mike Carrick AMIOA, Head of Acoustics at Siderise Group, provides some sound advice on acoustic design and offers up proven ways to deal with common sound path problems.

The product of choice for many of the world’s leading architects, curtain wall systems have been increasingly specified across both the commercial and residential sectors in the UK.  A barrier to the elements, curtain walls give design creativity and are a happy marriage between metal framing and gleaming glass.  While they provide a cost-effective way to clad and glaze buildings and offer a wealth of benefits to building occupants, it’s vitally important that specifiers take into consideration the role of acoustics in curtain wall buildings.  Mike Carrick AMIOA, Head of Acoustics at Siderise Group, provides some sound advice on acoustic design and offers up proven ways to deal with common sound path problems.

The rise of modern lightweight construction, with walls that literally hang like curtains, has led to sound transmission issues and presented a number of issues when it comes to acoustics. This complex issue is not helped by specialist criteria and jargon which is often designed to baffle, when in fact it is not difficult to understand.

Weak point

Very careful consideration should be given to any potential weak point to ensure it does not become the ‘limiting factor’ in the overall sound transmission performance of a curtain wall building. The curtain wall, together with the movement joint, should all be considered as potential weak points and thoroughly assessed accordingly.

Whatever the building type, whether it be an office, hotel, school or apartment building, the client requires a sustainable structure that is fully robust and compliant to all building regulations and design criteria.

dB or not dB

When considering the transmission of airborne sound energy the applicable criteria (regulatory or otherwise), will usually be in decibels 'dB' in one of the following forms:-

A DnT,w is a final site-measured value and will be controlled by both the ‘Rw’ value of the floor slab or partition (direct sound transmission) and the Dnf,w value of the façade (flanking sound transmission).

An Rw value is a laboratory test value for a component or construction, such as a concrete floor slab, partition, window, door etc.

A Dnf,w value is a laboratory test value for a system, such as a curtain wall system, raised access floor or suspended ceiling system.

What’s critical is to understand the important and significant differences between these in order to validate or otherwise prove potential compliance. In general, site measured values cannot match those recorded in a sound laboratory. The difference will vary, depending on the method of test and actual performance levels, but a guide of 5-10dB minimum practical difference is commonly quoted.

Sound flanking

The Dnf,w value is a total flanking sound transmission of the façade system. It does, however, comprise a number of individual sound transmission paths with the five main path elements being the glazing element; the transoms; the structural element of the mullion; the hollow of the mullion; and the movement zone.

A number of factors directly affect the overall performance, including the span between the mullions and transom, the stiffness, number of façade brackets, type of glass, glass orientation, twin or single mullion or transom designs and importantly, the use of façade acoustic enhancement products.

The overall performance is a combination of all these path elements and can only be established by full façade testing in an accredited laboratory, which can be time consuming and very expensive. It is possible for a project noise consultant to look at specific project details at the slab edge, compare the design with known library data and assess the possible overall performance. However, this would not necessarily offer any guarantee of compliance.

When assessing any design, it is important to understand that the overall performance would be wholly controlled by the weakest path element, referred to as the ‘Performance Limiting Factor’ and therefore any design change or acoustic enhancement should only be considered if all other path elements are capable of meeting the same value or are being upgraded to meet the value.

Soundtight facades

SIDERISE offers a large range of tried and tested product enhancements specifically developed for the façade industry. Designed to reduce vertical and horizontal sound transmission in curtain wall buildings, this range includes a choice of effective and proven sound reduction solutions that deal with all common sound path problems and are frequently used to assist in reducing flanking transmission between adjacent internal areas.

Acoustic comfort in the built environment has become a concern to society and a challenge to designers. It is all too common when considering the specification of the seal between the slab edge and the facade, for product selection to be based exclusively in terms of compliance to the relevant fire regulations. For façade engineers, architects and their clients, it is essential that due consideration is given to both the acoustic implications and performance of the closure arrangement, ensuring any potential weak point in curtain walled buildings is controlled. The use of performance enhancing products will mitigate against these issues.

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SIDERISE launches new installation guidance video for CW-FS: A video is now available on the SIDERISE website and the company YouTube channel that provides step by step guidance.

SIDERISE CW-FS perimeter barriers and firestops for curtain wall facades comprise an extensive range of solutions that meet fire and smoke stop, and sound barrier requirements in all architectural cladding panel applications.

The primary function of these Certifire approved systems is to maintain continuity of fire resistance by sealing the void between the compartment floors or walls and the external curtain wall both horizontally and vertically. It is thanks to the products’ unique structure, created through a patented method of manufacture, that they provide unrivalled movement performance and are both quick and easy to install.

A video is now available on the SIDERISE website and the company YouTube channel that provides step by step guidance on how to install SIDERISE CW-FS.

The video forms part of the wide range of Site Services that the Facades technical team offers to customers to ensure that everything runs smoothly, from product selection to final installation.

To find out more, download our SIDERISE Site Services brochure or contact a member of our Facades team.

SIDERISE will be exhibiting at the Zak Doors & Windows Expo 2015 that will be taking place at the MMRDA Exhibition Centre in Mumbai on 10 to 13 December.

SIDERISE will be exhibiting at the Zak Doors & Windows Expo 2015 that will be taking place at the MMRDA Exhibition Centre in Mumbai on 10 to 13 December.

Visit stall DX7 to find out more about our fire safety and noise control solutions for facades, and speak to us about our products:

  •  Perimeter Barrier: Slab Edge Firestop

  • Acoustic Materials: Curtain Walling

  • Firesafe Insulation: Spandrel Panels

  • Firesafe Cores: Curtain Walling

    We look forward to seeing you there!

SIDERISE will be exhibiting at the Facades Design & Engineering summit on 14 – 15 September which is being held at Conrad Hotel in Dubai.

SIDERISE will be exhibiting at the Facades Design & Engineering summit on 14 – 15 September which is being held at Conrad Hotel in Dubai.

The Facades Design & Engineering Summit focuses on fire safety and how this impacts on material selection, design trends, developments and the engineering techniques of facades in the UAE. This year the summit will be preceded with a Façade Fire Safety Focus day on 13 September.

Visit our stand to speak to us about our fire safety and noise control solutions for facades, and to find out more about our passive fire protection and acoustic insulation products.

We look forward to seeing you there!

If you are unable to attend the event you can find out more about our Facades products and solutions by contacting our Facades team or by following our new Facades page on Linkedin. 

SIDERISE will be exhibiting at The Big 5 Construct India event in Mumbai on 10, 11, 12 September 2015

SIDERISE will be exhibiting at The Big 5 Construct India show on 10 – 12 September which is being held at the Bombay Exhibition Centre, Goregaon (E), Mumbai.

Visit our stand 64D to speak to us about our fire safety and noise control solutions for facades, and to find out more about our products, including:

  • Perimeter Barrier: Slab Edge Firestop

  • Acoustic Materials: Curtain Walling

  • Firesafe Insulation: Spandrel Panels

  • Firesafe Cores: Curtain Walling

We look forward to seeing you there!

If you are unable to attend the event but would like a copy of the show brochure it will be available on our Facades showcase page on LinkedIn later in the week.

With its expertise in developing insulation products for interiors, SIDERISE prides itself in having supplied key insulation solutions for interior entertainment, residential and commercial fit-outs as part of award-winning developments.

With its expertise in developing insulation products for interiors, SIDERISE prides itself in having supplied key insulation solutions for interior entertainment, residential and commercial fit-outs as part of award-winning developments.

This year the prestigious One Hyde Park development in London was highly commended at the ANC Acoustic Awards due to its complex acoustic challenges and the insulation solutions provided. The development demanded acoustic performance levels that exceeded the criteria demanded by Building Regulations ‘Approved Document E’. The material used was to be as thin as possible for both practical and aesthetic reasons. SIDERISE met this challenge using its FIP high performance acoustic panel, comprising four primary layers in composite form, and offering a combination of stiffness and damping, with a nominal thickness of only 31mm. SIDERISE FIP had exceeded performance expectations for a thin, single homogenous panel, normally limited to 30-35dB, by achieving 46dB Rw when tested.

In 2013 the SSE Hydro Arena, one of Glasgow’s most prestigious entertainment venues, won the “Most Stylish Entertainment Venue”. The complex geometry of the arena’s bespoke British Gypsum sloping fire rated plenum ceilings meant that a specialist solution would be required to meet acoustic performance requirements. SIDERISE used its acoustic barrier mat SIDERISE BM/Px series, thin polymeric sound barriers providing exceptional flexibility and optimum sound reduction and dampening performance. The result was a fully compliant system.

All products are made from robust sustainable materials, and include a comprehensive range of fire insulation products for walls, ceilings and floors. Bespoke solutions can be designed to suit complex requirements.

You can download these case studies from our projects page.

Siderise is one of the UK’s leading suppliers of fire safety, noise control and thermal insulation products.

Siderise is one of the UK’s leading suppliers of fire safety, noise control and thermal insulation products. For over 40 years we have been developing insulation solutions earning us an enviable reputation for outstanding value layered with personal service and unparalleled technical expertise.

Whatever your insulation requirement, whether you are in the construction, marine, transport or energy generation sector, we can provide technical advice and a tailored insulation solution. Talk to our technical advisory team who will be happy to have a look at your project.

Siderise will be exhibiting for the first time at EcoBuild 2013 on 5-7th March.

Siderise will be exhibiting for the first time at EcoBuild 2013 on 5-7 March.

Visit us on Stand N1327 for our latest product developments and an insight into sustainable materials for Architectural and Industrial applications.

Our product ranges provide fire and acoustic solutions for Building facades and interiors, and noise control solutions ranging from Automotive, Rail and Marine to Wind Energy and Video Conferencing.

There will be experts on hand to discuss your project in detail, we can offer advice on a wide range of solutions encompassing:

  • Building Façade firestopping
  • Building compartmentation and cavity barriers
  • Architectural acoustics – room to room and interiors
  • Industrial Noise control:
    -HVAC systems and heat exchangers
    -Compressors and Power generation
    -Construction Noise and Fencing
    -Automotive and Rail
    -Marine
    -Wind Energy

Materials and data will be available for examination. Feel free to visit us, to meet the team and learn more about the Siderise difference.

Siderise in conjunction with BRE and CWCT are promoting a conference that will address many issues around the fire protection of façades as well as the imminent introduction of CE marking for curtain wall systems.

With the number of high profile fires in tall buildings on the increase, the correct specification of fire protection measures in cladding and façade systems can play a critical role in saving both lives and property. Siderise Insulation in conjunction with the Building Research Establishment and The Centre for Window and Cladding Technology are promoting a conference that will address many issues around the fire protection of façades as well as the imminent introduction of CE marking for curtain wall systems.

The conference will be hosted at the BRE, Watford on the 1st November 2012. There will be 7 presentations throughout the day and the £75.00 (+VAT) enrolment fee will include lunch and a tour of the BRE Innovation Park. There will be exhibits from Siderise, Rockpanel, The Association for Specialist Fire Protection, The CWCT and Sharpfibre Ltd.

Venue: Building Research Establishment, Watford

Date: 1st November 2012

Details:

Siderise, in conjunction with the Building Research Establishment and the Centre for Window and Cladding Technology would like to invite you to a conference aimed at those involved in the design and installation of external cladding / façade systems. With CE marking fast approaching for many cladding systems and the Government drive for companies to utilise Building Information Modelling Systems, the agenda is designed to educate and inform across a wide range of topics. 

There will be 7 presentations throughout the day (see below) and the £75.00 (+VAT) enrolment fee will include lunch and a tour of the BRE Innovation Park. There will also be exhibits from Siderise, Rockpanel, The Association for Specialist Fire Protection, The CWCT, Sheffield Insulation and Sharpfibre Ltd.

Tickets are limited for this event and so if you are interested we would ask you to send an e-mail to claddingsystemconference@siderise.com stating how many tickets you require.

Agenda:

09.25 - 10.25 Registration / Coffee

10.25 - 10.30 Welcome: Mike Wood, Pilkington

10.30 - 11.00 Building Information Modelling Systems (BIM): David Philp, Head of BIM Implementation, Cabinet Office

11.00 - 11.30 Fire Tests of Rainscreen Facades: Stephen Howard (Passive Fire Group Manager, BRE Global)

11.30 - 12.00 Firestopping Rainscreen Facades: Steve Swales, Siderise

12.00 - 12.15 Q&A

12.15 - 13.00 Lunch

13.00 - 13.30 Third Party Certification of Products and Installation: Wilf Butcher (CEO of the Association for Specialist Fire Protection)

13.30 - 14.00 CE Marking of Curtain Wall Facades: Stephen Ledbetter (Director of CWCT)

14.00 - 14.15 Refreshments

14.15 - 14.45 Firestopping Curtain Wall Facades: Andy Kay, Siderise

14.45 - 15.15 Acoustic Performance of Curtain Wall Facades: Mike Carrick, Siderise

15.15 - 15.30 Q&A

15.30 Tour of Innovation Park

 

From 1st July 2013 all curtain wall systems will require a CE mark. This has major implications for many of the component manufacturers that supply product that is included within such a system.

From 1st July 2013 all curtain wall systems will require a CE mark. This has major implications for many of the component manufacturers that supply product that is included within such a system.

The current curtain wall product standard is BS EN 13830:2003. This covers fire performance, weather tightness, wind loading, other applied loads, impact and thermal transmittance but it is currently being revised in order to widen its scope ready for the implementation of CE marking. Part of this revision, to be completed by the end of 2012, includes the need for fire stopping to be tested to BS1364-4 and for a fire stopping manufacturer's product to be included in a curtain wall system the fire stop material will need its own independent CE mark.

Siderise Insulation Ltd. have been at the forefront of cavity barrier technology for over 35 years and their range of Lamatherm fire stops are widely regarded as market leaders in the field of façade fire protection. Siderise have always striven to ensure that they have the most comprehensive testing on their products and have now completed a unique BS1364-4 on their CW-FS fire barrier. The test was unique because it was carried out using a non-fire rated aluminium curtain wall system glazed with standard non fire rated double glazed units. The normal recommendation is for 1364-4 tests to be carried out using a fire rated steel façade but these are rarely used in real life and do not replicate the movement that will occur in an aluminium construction.

The Siderise test utilised a full scale aluminium façade with additional fire protection measures that enabled the test house, Exova Warringtonfire to run the test for 3.5 hours without integrity or insulation failure. During this time the floor slab deflected by up to 67 mm and the façade by up to 30 mm without product failure. This can only be achieved by products that have been engineered to have the rock fibres running in a vertical orientation (lamella) and it is unlikely that the majority of products that currently have a horizontal orientation will be able to accommodate these levels of movement and will therefore not be suitable for CE marked curtain wall constructions.

As a result of the test Siderise will be able to add CE marking to its long list of technical approvals including Certifire third party certification. In contrast to some other systems available in the market the Lamatherm CW-FS is a dry fit system which is easy and fast to install whilst giving all the movement and acoustic advantages.

Should you wish to know more about the test or if you are looking to CE mark a curtain wall system then please contact Siderise.

World class yachts deserve world class acoustic solutions.

SIDERISE has over 25 years experience working with the best in European boat building. With that experience comes an intimate understanding of the unique challenges presented by marine craft noise control. Find out more in our brochure 'Calming the Waves' available for download in the Marine section on our website.

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