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ProPG and AVO

The Institute of Acoustics (IOA), The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH), and the Association of Noise Consultants (ANC) have issued a joint statement regarding ProPG (Professional Practice Guidance: Planning & Noise) and AVO (Acoustics, Ventilation & Overheating) Guide. The statement seeks to clarify the relationship between the two documents.

Acoustics, Ventilation and Overheating Guidance released

The AVO Guide includes:

  • an explanation of ventilation requirements under the building regulations and as described in Approved Document F, along with typical ventilation strategies and associated noise considerations;
  • an explanation of the overheating assessment methodology described in CIBSE TM59;
  • potential acoustic criteria and guidance relating to different ventilation and overheating conditions, for both environmental noise ingress and building services noise; and
  • a worked example of the application of the AVO Guide including indicative design solutions.

The AVO Guide is intended for the consideration of new residential development that will be exposed predominantly to airborne sound from transport sources, and to sound from mechanical services that are serving the dwellings in question. Although the policy coverage is limited to England, the approach may be applicable in other parts of the UK.

The AVO Guide is intended to contribute to the practice of good acoustic design, as emphasised in the Professional Practice Guidance on Planning and Noise (ProPG). In particular, the AVO Guide is intended to provide a practical method to address the requirements set out in paragraphs 2.34, 2.36 and 2.38 of the ProPG.

This consultation seeks views from potential users of the AVO Guide.  The survey can be accessed here and questions are structured to follow the order that issues arise in the document so you will need to have a copy in front of you when completing the survey. The consultation runs until 11 May 2018.

How to do PR for acousticians

ANC has recently appointed a PR consultancy to raise our profile and that of the acoustics sector in general. Trade association communications specialists Shepherd PR have been tasked with the activity, which will focus on promoting the expertise of the Association and the profession we represent, across print and digital media channels.


As part of the service, Shepherd PR is providing a free ‘How To Do PR’ session which will offer a grass roots approach to the subject.  It takes place as part of the next Company Meeting on Tuesday 19 September at 2.30pm at AECOM, Aldgate Tower, 2 Leman Street, London E1 8FA. The session is being led by Jane Shepherd, the founder and MD of Shepherd PR.


Subjects tackled will include;

  • Brand mapping – articulating your message and working out where to take the message.
  • Channels and Platforms – the types of media you can use, some obvious – some not so obvious.
  • Story themes – creative ideas to make your story more compelling.
  • Sources and types of communications – new and traditional news of getting your story across.
  • Creating dashboards to measure success– ways of measuring success and defining a good outcome
  • Compliance – an insight into keeping on the right side of the law.

Details have been sent to all contacts on our membership list. If you would like to attend please let us know.