Health sector buildings: acoustic design requirements (HTM 08-01)

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Health technical memoranda (HTM) 08-01 looks at the acoustic requirements and design of health and social care facilities.

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This guidance (HTM 08-01) sets out acoustic criteria for the design and management of new healthcare facilities.

Acoustic design is fundamental to the quality of healthcare buildings as sound affects us both physiologically and psychologically. Unwanted noise can increase heart rate, blood pressure, respiration rate and even blood cholesterol levels, whereas pleasant sounds help create a sense of well-being.

Published 19 March 2013.