The Future Homes Standard 2019 Consultation response from the Institute of Acoustics


The IOA has responded to the Future Homes Standard 2019 Consultation on changes to Part L (conservation of fuel and power) and Part F (ventilation) of the Buildings Regulations for new dwellings.

Read our response in the att. document.

Any questions, please email:  



CIEH releases latest noise complaints statistics for England


CIEH has today published the results of its flagship noise survey, which provides the only source of information on the vital contribution made by Environmental Health Practitioners (EHPs) working to resolve noise complaints in England.

As the only source of local authority noise complaints data in England, the CIEH survey is a vital resource for public health policy makers. Data from the CIEH survey is being used by Public Health England for the...


IOA is in the process of applying to the Engineering Council for a license to offer EngTech registration.


The Institute of Acoustics is in the process of applying to the Engineering Council for a license to offer EngTech registration. This is a level of professional registration for those who can demonstrate that they:

• apply safe systems of work;

• contribute to either the design, development, manufacture, commissioning, decommissioning,

operation or maintenance of products, equipment, processes or services;

• provide...


January/February 2020 issue of Acoustics Bulletin available to IOA members


The January/February 2020 issue of Acoustics Bulletin will be with members any day now in the post, and is available online. It is the first issue we have published using our updated and refreshed design in line with the IOA’s new look communications strategy.

Content includes:

  • A list of international events for 2020 that you might want to visit
  • How one member engaged with primary school children at Winchester Cathedral’s annual...

Noise, Sound and Acoustics to be the subject of the debate in Westminster on 24th February 2020


In the International Year of Sound, the Institute of Acoustics is taking the importance of acoustics to Parliament on 24th February 2020 to the Parliamentary & Scientific Committee, the oldest running All Party Parliamentary Group (since 1936).


There will be three speakers from the Institute giving 15 minute presentations each to members, which will include members of both houses. Biographies of speakers and the program can be seen below...


Meeting/Training/Conferencing facilities for hire with full fibre-optic support in central Milton Keynes


Are you looking for an advanced meeting/training/conference room facility for your next business conference, team meeting, or internal training session, locally based in central Milton Keynes?

Look no further than the modern state of the art Institute of Acoustics meeting/training/conference room centrally situated on Silbury Boulevard.

We provide high speed broadband access with full Zoom...


Short courses available in 2020 in the UK


The IOA runs the following short courses during the spring at accredited training centres across the UK (courses are held prior to exam dates and usually run for around five days):


Certificate of Competence in Workplace Noise Risk Assessment

Exams will be taking place on 6 March 2020 and on 2 October 2020

Certificate Course in the Management of Occupational Exposure to Hand Arm Vibration



The International Year of Sound is a global initiative in 2020


The International Year of Sound is a global initiative to highlight the importance of sound and related sciences and technologies for all in society. The International Year of Sound will consist of coordinated activities on regional, national and international levels. These activities will aim to stimulate the understanding throughout the world of the important role that sound plays in all aspects of our society. As well, these activities...


An open letter to the Prime Minister from the National Engineering Policy Centre


Following last week’s general election result, the National Engineering Policy Centre, which represents the voice of 39 of the UK’s leading professional engineering bodies, has published an open letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson setting out its key priorities for the new government and Parliament.

Dear Prime Minister,

Introducing the National Engineering Policy Centre



New Acoustics Technician Apprenticeship Launches to Industry

Organisers behind a pioneering new apprenticeship in acoustics are launching the programme to industry.

Information about the Acoustics Technician Level 4 Apprenticeship programme is being presented at a cross-sector event, taking place in London on January 21.

The apprenticeship has been developed as an employer-led, industry initiative, with support from the Association of Noise Consultants (ANC) and the Institute of Acoustics (IOA)....


LA111 Noise and Vibration is now published on the Standards for Highways website.


This document replaces HD213/11, and forms part of the wider DMRB refresh.


Acoustics Bulletin Nov-Dec 2019 available to download for members

Members can now download the latest Acoustics Bulletin Nov-Dec 2019.

For details on what it contains, you can go to

If you are due to receive a paper copy, this will be sent to you in the next few days.
If you are not...



All IOA membership applicants and their proposer(s) must note the following important points:-

  1. Membership of the Institute of Acoustics at any grade is a privilege and not a right.  The Membership Committee will always endeavor to grant the grade of membership sought but, in the event that the Committee feel unable to do so, an alternative lesser grade may be offered.  In exceptional circumstances the committee may feel that you are qualified for...

This year's IOA sponsored John Connell Innovation Awards are announced


John Connell Innovation Award winners announced - sponsored by the Institute of Acoustics


Innovation is the key to successfully solving noise issues for the benefit of all. This award recognises original thinking when faced with particularly challenging acoustic issues, whether through noise control or reduction programmes, management, technology or good acoustic design.


a) Winner John Connell...


Salary Threshold & PBS Commission: Call for evidence, 5th Nov. deadline


Please note below.  Members may wish to express their views.


As you may already be aware, in June 2019, the former Home Secretary commissioned the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) to carry out an in-depth analysis of potential future salary thresholds. The salary threshold refers to a key component of the skilled worker route in the UK’s future immigration system. The MAC has been asked to determine the best mechanism for...


A range of new courses in acoustics are starting up very soon (Autumn term dates coming up)


The Institute of Acoustics runs the highly regarded Diploma programme and also accredited short courses.


We encourage early registration to secure placement in the tutorial group of your preference (Milton Keynes, Dublin or Edinburgh).

You can find out more information about the structure of this qualification by visiting our recently published “IOA Diploma Overview by Prof Keith Attenborough” directly on Vimeo by following this link...


Submissions for IOA Medals and Awards need to be in by 1st October 2019 for 2020 awards


A reminder, for those planning to enter IOA awards, please note that this year all submissions need to be in by 1st October 2019 for 2020 awards, with decisions made by Christmas and winners announced start of 2020.  This ensures there’s sufficient time for award winners to attend the next annual conference in May 2020, where awards will be presented.

The 1st October deadline is for the 2020 awards, and include the following:



IOA publishes free new acoustics industry career supplement 'Acoustics A Sound Career 2019'

Acoustics is involved in just about every aspect of our lives. ‘Sound’ is a vital component to the quality of our lives, it is how we communicate and it gives us pleasure.  

'Noise’, on the other hand, can irritate us, makes us feel stressed and stops us sleeping. The World Health Organization says that excessive noise seriously harms human health and interferes with people’s daily activities at school, work, home and during leisure time. It can cause adverse...


The IOA response to the Independent Commission on Civil Aviation Noise’s Corporate Strategy

Representatives of the Institute of Acoustics (IOA) met with representatives of the Independent Commission on Civil Aviation Noise (ICCAN) on 6th June 2019. During the discussion, the IOA raised a number of issues and the attached document attempts to summarise the key points.


Noise Maps and Action Plans for Major Roads, Railways and Agglomerations in England


The government has today published its Round 3 Noise Maps and Noise Action Plans for Major Roads, Railways and Agglomerations for England.

Noise maps can be viewed at:

Action Plans can be viewed at:...


Bob Peters


by Keith Attenborough

It is with the deepest sense of loss we report that Dr. Bob Peters passed away early on 22nd June. Bob was well known for his unbridled enthusiasm for and contributions to acoustics education. Bob was involved recently also as Chair of the IOA London Branch.

Bob started and ran Diploma and MSc programmes at NESCOT until 2010. Few acousticians will be unaware of Bob’s text ‘Acoustics and Noise Control’ (3rd edition...


The Times letter to editor published 21 June 2019 on the challenges of tackling noise pollution, by Stephen Turner

We are delighted that The Times published today (21 June 2019) a letter from our President-Elect about the challenges of tackling noise pollution.

The IOA recognises that noise is an inevitable consequence of our mature and vibrant society, but also that there are health risks associated with exposure to noise.  The IOA is keen to work with Government to assist in the effective implementation of its noise policy which rightly...


Aviation 2050 - Institute of Acoustics response

Aviation 2050 - Institute of Acoustics response )

The Department for Transport is seeking feedback on its green paper which outlines proposals for a new aviation strategy. The strategy will set out the challenges and...


Election Results of Honorary Officers and Ordinary Members of Council

The results of the IOA's recent election are that new member representatives on Council are: 

Chris Barlow – Solent Acoustics, Solent University, Southampton,

Ben Fenech – Public Health England

Keith Holland – ISVR, University of Southampton

Chris Hurst – Three Spires Acoustics, formally Richmond and Wandsworth Councils until March 2019

Angela Lamacraft...


New Study Reveals UK Acoustics Industry Contributes £4.6 Billion to the Country's Economy, Employs Over 16,000 People

A groundbreaking piece of research on the impact of the acoustics industry in the UK was presented at the leading industry conference Acoustics 2019 on 13 and 14th May. The research was carried out by the UK Acoustics Network (UKAN) in conjunction with the Institute of Acoustics (IOA) and demonstrates that:

  • The industry contributes £4.6 billion turnover nationwide, generated by more than 750 different companies
  • The largest concentration of...

The IOA announces Rayleigh, Stephens, Wood, Peter Barnett & Peter Lord award winners & introduces Sustainable Design Award


Its awards season at the Institute of Acoustics (IOA).  Following the most recent Council meeting, the Institute of Acoustics is proud to announce the following award winners for 2019 along with our brand new Sustainable Design award:

Rayleigh Medal: Winner is Prof Claus Elberling (Denmark), medal is to be presented at the Danish Technical Audiological Society (DTAS) on Friday 27 September 2019 in Denmark.

RWB Stephens...



Article 37 of the Articles of Association of the Institute of Acoustics requires that the Council advise all Corporate Members of those persons being duly qualified, whom it nominates as candidates for election at the next Annual General Meeting, for the office of Ordinary Members of Council.  Accordingly, on behalf of Council, I am writing to advise you of the individuals nominated by Council, and of certain other changes affecting the composition of Council from...


New Venue for Diploma Laboratory Classes in the Middle East


IOA Education and Training is pleased to be able to announce and welcome the new Diploma Laboratory venue in the Middle East. 

For the past few years, a substantial proportion of Diploma candidates have been from overseas and the IOA seeks both to maintain and preferably, to increase this number.

An obstacle for many overseas Diploma candidates is the need to travel to the UK or Dublin to participate in the classes required for the laboratory...


Consultation on the proposed amendments to BS4142:2014

Just a reminder that the consultation on the proposed amendments to BS4142:2014 is still open.

The proposed changes can be found at the Standards Development portal

When using the portal please make sure that

  • you are using a compatible browser, e.g. Google Chrome (the portal does not...

Acoustics regulations that might be affected after Brexit, share your views!

The IOA is preparing for a damage limitation exercise, should a no deal Brexit occur. As part of this, we will be contacting Government to identify which of the acoustics regulations might be affected by Brexit, and to offer to work with them to ensure that post Brexit our framework of regulation is not damaged and, where possible, it is improved or reformed where needed. To assist us with this, we are asking all members to respond on one...

Innovation award winners of John Connell awards announced

This year’s John Connell Innovation Award winner AECOM utilises powerful sound demonstrations for Stonehenge

AECOM helped Highways England to effectively communicate proposed changes to the landscape around Stonehenge and the A303 to its key stakeholders by creating sophisticated audio simulations. They could simulate the changes in acoustics after building a tunnel to replace a road nearby to reduce traffic congestion, and helped stakeholders...


New WHO Environmental Noise Guidelines 2018 for the European Region

WHO/Europe has published the WHO Environmental Noise Guidelines for the European Region as a regional update. The Guidelines include a review of evidence on the health effects of environmental noise to incorporate significant research carried out in the last years.  The health outcomes for which the evidence will be systematically reviewed include: sleep disturbance, annoyance, cognitive impairment, mental health and wellbeing, cardiovascular diseases, hearing...


Launch Event of the new WHO Environmental Noise Guidelines

The Environmental Noise Guidelines for the European Region have been produced following a rigorous process outlined in the WHO Handbook for Guideline Development, involving several groups of experts and stakeholders. The guidelines provide a set of source-specific public health recommendations on long-term exposure to environmental noise, including road traffic, railway, aircraft, wind turbine, and leisure noise.

The launch event will take place on 10...



The IOA office has moved to Milton Keynes, our new contact details are:

The Institute of Acoustics, Silbury Court, 406 Silbury Boulevard, Milton Keynes, MK9 2AF Tel: 0300 999 9675


Draft Revised NPPF – IOA Response

The Institute has submitted a response to the Government’s consultation on the draft revised NPPF.  The response has been drafted been based on the feedback received at a workshop we held for members on 19 April 2018.  The response can be found on the website under the section response-consultations in the publications section -


CaSE calls on Prime Minister to revise current visa restrictions

CaSE has today published a letter sent to the Prime Minister, calling on the government to take urgent action in revising current immigration policy to better attract international research and innovation talent. The letter is supported by over 40 organisations from across business, universities, ​professional institutes, and research charities.


Training and attracting talented people is critical to the success of the Industrial Strategy and to the UK...


IOA Blog - March

The latest update to the IOA blog concerns International Women's Day and it can be found here


UK Acoustics Network brings together the acoustics research community

The vision of the UK Acoustics Network is to bring together the internationally leading, but disparate UK acoustics, research community, to promote acoustics in the UK both nationally and internationally and to provide a coherent single point of access to acoustics research for industry and governmental agencies. The vision of the UK Acoustics Network is to bring together the internationally leading, but disparate UK acoustics, research community, to promote...


IOA Launches Bursary Fund 2018

The IOA Council has allocated £10,000 to the Bursary Fund in 2018, which it aims to use in both improving IOA member access to acoustics related training and activities and assist them in providing acoustics related STEM activities, where funding from other sources may be limited or unavailable.

We are inviting members of all grades to apply for grants, either as individuals or consortiums. The application form and furhter details can be found...


EPSRC UK Acoustics Network

EPSRC UK Acoustics Network brings together the acoustics research community

The vision of the UK Acoustics Network is to bring together the internationally leading, but disparate UK acoustics, research community, to promote acoustics in the UK both nationally and internationally and to provide a coherent single point of access to acoustics research for industry and governmental agencies

The vision of the UK Acoustics Network is to bring together the...


Update to IOA Blog

The latest update to the IOA blog is called Draft excluders, part 2: what makes a bad report?  and it can be found here


Outline Guidance on Sound Testing Regulations in the UK and Ireland

There has been some confusion about the qualification requirements for sound testing in the UK and Ireland with some members having wrongly thought that their membership of the Institute qualifies them to conduct testing.  To clarify the situation the Institute has produced a short document that lists the applicable regulations in each of the various jurisdictions within UK and Ireland.

The guidance document is now available via the publications section on the...


New IOA Blog

The latest update to the IOA blog is called Draft excluders, part 1: what makes a good report?  and it can be found here


IOA Blog Updated

The latest update to the IOA blog is called Things That Go Bump in the Night and it can be found here


IOA to sponsor 'Noise Oscar' again

The IOA is again sponsoring the innovation category in the 2017 John Connell Awards. Known as the industry’s “Oscars”, the awards are organised by the Noise Abatement Society to recognise local authorities, industry, individuals and organisations judged to have been outstanding in their efforts to both reduce the impact of noise nuisance and seek to pioneer practical and innovative solutions to noise...


New guide to cut home noise disturbance and annoyance

A new blueprint for acoustic practitioners, council planners and developers that aims to protect home dwellers from noise by putting good acoustic design at the heart of all new residential development has been published today.

The Professional Practice Guidance on Planning & Noise (ProPG) has been produced by the Association of Noise Consultants (ANC), the Institute of Acoustics (IOA) and the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH)....


Spring 2017 issue of Sound Bites out

The spring 2017 issue of Sound Bites, the IOA's student e-zine, is out. Containing the usual mixture of acoustics-related items and career advice, it's for all students with an interest in acoustics, noise and vibration, and it's available to any student who takes advantage of our free membership offer. Want to join? Then click here and ...


IOA support for International Noise Awareness Day competition

The Institute of Acoustics is giving its full support to the Pan-European Competition for Schools in celebration of International Noise Awareness Day 2017, organised by the European Acoustics Association (EAA). Keith Holland, IOA Vice President International, said: "The International Noise Awareness Day (INAD) on 26 April aims at raising awareness of noise on the welfare and health of people worldwide, and the Schools Competition, called Sounds...


IOA backs Scots education programmes

The IOA is supporting, as an official education partner, two key programmes which form part of this year's Edinburgh International Science Festival. Generation Science involves staging shows and workshops in primary schools across Scotland, while Careers Hive aims to open pupils' eyes to the wealth of opportunities for those who study STEM subjects. The Careers Hive invitiative features a team of 12 Institute volunteers talking about their jobs to secondary school...


IOA-sponsored 'Oscar' for noise reduction company

A company that develops ground-breaking noise reduction technology scooped the IOA-sponsored innovation award in the 2016 noise “Oscars”.

Sonobex was presented with the award at the Noise Abatement Society’s annual John Connell Awards held at the Houses of Parliament.

The innovation award aims to encourage the development of new schemes to resolve noise pollution and recognise a pioneering approach that addresses this issue from a unique standpoint....


Engineering a future outside the EU

The Institute of Acoustics and the other 37 professional engineering organisations, representing all disciplines of UK engineering, have joined forces under the leadership of the Royal Academy of Engineering to provide evidence-based advice to the government on the opportunities and risks associated with leaving the EU. Entitled Engineering a future outside the EU, the report states the process of the UK leaving the EU will certainly present challenges but...


Autumn 2016 issue of Sound Bites out

The autumn 2016 issue of Sound Bites, the IOA's student e-zine, is out. As ever,  it features a great mixture of acoustics-related items and career advice. Who's it for?  All students with an interest in acoustics, noise and vibration, and it's available to any student who takes advantage of our free membership offer. Want to join? Then click here...


IOA in plea to NPL to reverse airborne acoustics decision

Senior IOA members are to meet National Physical Laboratory (NPL) representatives to express the Institute’s concern at its decision to cease providing services in airborne acoustics. One of the potential consequences of this decision would be the loss to the UK of the primary acoustic standard that provides traceability for microphones and calibrators (in the range 1Hz to 20 kHz). This standard is disseminated primarily via UKAS-accredited laboratories and this...


Jo Webb is new IOA President

Jo Webb is the new President of the the IOA. Aged 51, she is an Acoustics Associate with Arup in Manchester, where she has worked for the past 16 years and now manages teams working on large infrastructure, environmental and building projects.

Among her main priorities are education and member professional development. "The IOA's current project to develop an online learning platform for students and members is very important to me, and something that I will...


IOA publishes AM measurement guide

The Institute of Acoustics has published its preferred method of measuring and rating amplitude modulation (AM) in wind turbine noise.

Known as the Reference Method, it is essentially a development of the Hybrid Reconstruction Method that was described in a discussion document published by the Institute’s Amplitude Modulation Working Group (AMWG) in April 2015.

The recommendation is contained in the working group’s final report, which follows a large-...


Check out the IOA blogs

The Institute is publishing every month a blog from one of its members on a subject relating to acoustics, noise or vibration. In the latest one, entitled Making Waves, author Mike Lotinga looks at the different type of waves encountered in acoustics.  Each blog is posted on the website in the Publications section. Click here to see them all. 


IOA and BOHS in qualifications recognition agreement

The IOA and the Chartered Society for Worker Health Protection (BOHS) have agreed to recognise each other’s professional qualifications.

The main terms are:

Holders of certain IOA qualifications, including the Certificate of Competence in Workplace Noise Risk Assessment and the Diploma in Acoustics and Noise Control, will be able to use these in the BOHS qualification pathway to the Certificate of Operational Competence in Occupational...


Spring 2016 issue of Sound Bites out

The spring 2016 issue of Sound Bites, the IOA's student e-zine, is out. Once again it features a great mixture of acoustics-related items and career advice. Who's it for?  All students with an interest in acoustics, noise and vibration, and it's available to any student who takes advantage of our free membership offer. Want to join? Then click here and ...


History of the IOA published

A book on the history of the first 40 years of the IOA has been published. Covering the period from how it came about and its inception on 1 January 1974 up to its 40th anniversary celebrations in 2014, the 132-page publication provides a detailed history of how the Institute has grown from small beginnings to the thriving professional body it is today. With special sections covering conference highlights, its finances, branches, committtees and specialist groups, ...


IOA joins CaSE

The Institute of Acoustics has joined the Campaign for Science & Engineering (CaSE), an independent organisation dedicated to raising the political profile of science and engineering.

Allan Chesney, IOA Chief Executive, said: "We are very pleased to join CaSE and look forward to working with them to help promote the importance of science and engineering in the UK. We look forward to bringing the expertise of our members to support their work. An...


Details of ProPG workshops announced

Details of two planned ProPG (Professional Practice Guidance on Planning and Noise) consultation workshops have been announced. The first event will be held on 2 March at the Woburn House Conference Centre, London and the second will be on 7 March at the Macdonald Hotel, Piccadilly, Manchester. The events will offer attendees the opportunity to learn more about and comment on the draft guidance which has been prepared by the Association of Noise Consultants, the...


New guidance on noise sensitive development

The Institute of Acoustics, the Association of Noise Consultants and the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health have produced a Professional Practice Guidance (ProPG) focussing on noise sensitive development. A draft of this guidance is now available for consultation and feedback is welcomed via a short online questionnaire from anyone involved in advising developers or local planning authorities on such ...


Launch of IOA blog

The IOA has today launched a new blog which will be written by a member of its Young Members’ Group (YMG) or Publications Committee each month. Blogs will cover a wide range of topics in line with the Institute’s aim to maintain and improve science and engineering education, research and practice. The first blog provides information about the YMG, which aims to bring together a diverse network of acoustics professionals in the early stages of their...


Design guide for schools acoustics published

The Institute of Acoustics and the Association of Noise Consultants have jointly published a new design guide for the acoustics of schools. The 110-page document, entitled Acoustics of schools: a design guide, is designed to accompany the revised performance standards for the acoustic design of schools published by the Department for Education in December 2014, and is a revision of the guidance previously published in 2003 as Sections 2 to 7 of...


IOA research award for Liverpool professor

A professor at the University of Liverpool has received an award from the IOA for his “outstanding contributions to acoustics research and education”.

Barry Gibbs, Professorial Fellow within the university’s Acoustics Research Unit, was presented with the Institute of Acoustics’ R W B Stephens Medal by the President, William Egan, at the Institute’s Acoustics 2015 conference in Harrogate. The award, named after the Institute’s first President, is...


Autumn issue of Sound Bites out

The autumn 2015 issue of Sound Bites, the IOA's student e-zine, is out. It is again full of a fascinating mixture of news about acoustics-related items and career advice. It's for all students with an interest in acoustics, noise and vibration, and is available to any student who takes advantage of our free membership offer. Want to join? Then click here...


'Woeful underestimation' of value of aural environment

The economic value of the protection and enhancement of our aural environment is 'woefully underestimated', the IOA has told the Government.

In a response to a House of Lords call for evidence for the Select Committee on National Policy for the Built Environment, it said: "The emerging evidence of the social, environmental and economic costs of environmental noise, poor acoustics in buildings, and a failure to use sound positively, highlights the need to...


Top IOA award for Ying-Tsong Lin

A leading world expert in underwater acoustics has received an award from the Institute of Acoustics (IOA) in recognition of his outstanding work in the field.

Dr Ying-Tsong Lin, Associate Scientist in Applied Ocean Physics and Oceanography at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), Massachusetts, USA, was presented with the A B Wood Medal by William Egan, IOA President, at the Institute’s Seabed and Sediment Acoustics conference in Bath....


Amplitude modulation application released

The Institute’s Amplitude Modulation Working Group (AMWG) has released its software which implements the three proposed methods of rating amplitude modulation (AM) as recently published in the consultation document.  This software will allow the user to compare results and outputs from each of the methods. The software and results should be considered in conjunction with the consultation document....


Spring issue of student e-zine out

The spring 2015 issue of Sound Bites, the IOA's student e-zine, is now out. As usual, it's full of a mixture of news about acoustics-related items and career advice. It's for all students with an interest in acoustics, noise and vibration and is available to any student who takes advantage of our free membership offer. Want to join? Then click here and ...


Launch of amplitude modulation discussion

The IOA has published today a discussion document on methods for rating amplitude modulation (AM) in wind turbine noise. The document proposes a definition of AM for wind turbine noise and describes a literature review of the available methods. From this, three methods are proposed for discussion. These describe: a time-domain method; a frequency-domain method and a hybrid method. Software will be made available shortly to allow those interested to rate samples...


Institute's Engineering Council licence renewed

The Institute's Engineering Council licence to offer registration at Chartered and Incorporated Engineer levels has been renewed for a further five years.

The approval follows a visit by four members of the Council’s Quality Assurance Committee to the IOA office in St Albans to review its processes with members of the Institute's Engineering Division.

As part of the process, they inspected several professional review files of...


IOA issues wind farm noise statement

The Institute of Acoustics has issued a statement today which explains in detail its role in respect of the assessment of wind farm noise. William Egan, Institute President, said: "In doing so, our aim is to enable members of the public to have a full understanding of our work in this field during the past few years, what we are currently engaged in doing and the area of our responsibilities. We draw particular attention within the statement to the fact that we as an...


IOA welcomes Govt wind turbine noise study

The Institute of Acoustics (IOA) welcomes the announcement that the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) is to commission a study into the acoustic character of wind turbine noise known as amplitude modulation (AM) with a view to recommending how to define an appropriate threshold. The IOA had previously written to DECC informing it of the current IOA AM working group which is advancing a measurement methodology and metric to define AM, and asking DECC to...


Network Rail wins IOA-sponsored 'Oscar'

A mobile flash butt welder designed by Network Rail National Supply Chain (NRNSC) to minimise noise nuisance during trackside repairs has won the innovation category in the Noise Abatement Society's annual John Connell Awards.

The award was presented last night by William Egan, President of the Institute of Acoustics, which sponsored the award, to representatives of the organisation at a ceremony at the House of Commons.

The welder is the first piece of...


AM group publishes documents

The Institute of Acoustics' Working Group on Amplitude Modulation in Wind Turbine Noise has now published its scope of work and terms of reference documents.  These include details of the proposed plan of work and the membership of the group. The documents are available here. Members interested in finding out more about the work of the group and with practical experience should consider attending the...


Autumn 2014 Sound Bites now out

The autumn issue of Sound Bites, the IOA's student e-zine, is now out. Packed with a mixture of fascinating news about acoustics-related items and job tips, it is aimed at all students with an interest in acoustics, noise and vibrations and is available to any student who joins the Institute (free) as a student affiliate.  Want to join? Then click here, fill in a few details about...


Final SGNs published

The Institute has published the final two Supplementary Guidance Notes to its Good Practice Guide on wind turbine noise assessment and rating. They cover data processing and derivation of ETSU-R-97 background curves. All six can be found here


Formation of AM working group

The IOA has formed an amplitude modulation (AM) working group as a sub-group of the wind turbine noise working party.

Gavin Irvine, of Ion Acoustics, is the chairman. Other members will include acousticians working for developers, local authorities and objector groups.

It aims to review methods to quantify and assess AM in wind turbine noise. This review will include: the AM work funded by R–UK; the “Den Brook” condition and other historic and emerging...


Wind turbine noise notes published

The IOA has today published four supplementary guidance notes (SGNs) to its Good Practice Guide to the Application of ETSU-R-97 for the Assessment and Rating of Wind Turbine Noise. The notes cover: sound power level data, wind shear, post completion measurements and noise propagation over water for on-shore wind turbines.  The Institute plans to publish the final two notes (data collection and data processing and derivation of ETSU-R-97 background curves) shortly.  ...


Launch of planning and noise guidance initiative

Professional practice guidance on planning and noise is being prepared for planners and developers in England by the IOA, the Association of Noise Consultants and the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health.

The move is in response to recent changes in the planning system and requests from practitioners for additional technical guidance on the management of noise within the planning system.

The aim is to give good practice advice to local planning...


New President for IOA

William Egan, a leading figure in the acoustics equipment sector, is the new President of the Institute of Acoustics.

One of William’s first tasks will be to lead the Institute’s 40th anniversary celebrations which culminate in a special two-day conference at the NEC, Birmingham on 15-16 October.

Speaking as he took over the Presidency from Bridget Shield, he said: “It may be something of a cliché among Institute members to say that acoustics is in...


Five stand for election to IOA Council

Elections are to be held to fill the three vacancies on the IOA Council. Five candidates are standing - Chris Chittock, Keith Holland, Paul Lepper, Peter Rogers and Alistair Somerville. All corporate members are eligible to vote. Voting will take place from 10 to 30 June. The results will be announced at the Institute's AGM in London on 8 July. Voting will be carried out, for the first time,  electronically via the Institute website. Those members who do not have an...


IOA accredits new MSc degree

The IOA has accredited a new MSc degree in applied acoustics at Southampton Solent University. 

Designed to provide the skills and knowledge to work in a range of acoustics fields - including consultancy, engineering, environmental health and the built environment - this practical master’s targets the specific skills needed by industry.

The university now joins the University of Derby and London South Bank University as an educational establishment for...


Launch of Peter Lord award

The IOA has launched a new award in memory of Peter Lord, a former Institute President and founder member who died in 2012. The award will be made annually for a building, project or product that showcases outstanding and innovative acoustic design. It will be presented to the team or individual responsible for the acoustic design, and will consist of a plaque to be displayed on the winning construction or project (where possible), together with a trophy and...


The Sound of Science

The IOA has published a new guide to the services provided by its members as part of the celebrations to mark its 40th anniversary this year. Entitled The Sound of Science, the 24-page booklet describes the areas covered by the Institute's nine specialist groups: building acoustics, electro-acoustics, environmental noise, measurement and instrumentation, noise and vibration engineering, musical acoustics, physical acoustics, speech and hearing, and underwater...


Spring issue of Sound Bites

The spring issue of Sound Bites, the IOA e-zine for all students with an interest in acoustics, is now out.  Featuring a mixture of items on how acoustics plays an important role in many areas of our daily lives and careers advice from senior figures within the industry, it is intended to be both entertaining and informative. The magazine is available to all students who join the Institute (free) as a student affiliate.  Interested?  Then click...


Acoustic standards for schools

IOA members are being urged to respond to the Department for Education's consultation document, Acoustic design of schools: performance standards 2014.  The long-awaited revision to the building regulations on the acoustic design of schools, containing revised performance standards, to replace those contained in Section 1 of Building Bulletin 93, was published in March. All comments must be received by 16 May. The Institute is holding a meeting, entitled Acoustic...


Free student affiliation to IOA

The Institute of Acoustics is offering free affiliation to all students in order to help them understand the subject better and how it overlaps with so many professions, from architecture to medicine, and from music to zoology.

The benefits include:

* Twice yearly e-zine, Sound Bites, with acoustics news, people profiles and job tips

* Great networking opportunities

* Discounted attendance at paying events

* Invitations to...


IOA website goes live

As you can see, the website is now live. Activation emails will shortly be sent to all members so they can log in. After that renewal invoices will be emailed. Please check your junk/spam folders as well as your inbox and, as always, we would be grateful if you would pay promptly. 

Thank you for your patience.


Cautious welcome for wind turbine noise proposal

The Institute of Acoustics has welcomed the publication by RenewableUK of research and a proposed planning condition to deal with the issue of amplitude modulation (AM) of noise from wind turbines. 

Richard Perkins, Chairman of the IOA Noise Working Group, said: “This research is a significant step forward in understanding what causes amplitude modulation from a wind turbine, and how people react to it. The proposed planning condition, though, needs a period...


Northern Ireland approval for wind turbine guide

The Northern Ireland Executive has added its endorsement to the IOA's Good Practice Guide to the application of ETSU-R-97 for wind turbine noise assessment. In doing so, it joins the governments in England, Scotland and Wales in approving the guide.
In announcing the decision, Mark Durkan, Minister of the Environment, said: "My officials have now considered the contents of the Good Practice Guide and whilst they are satisfied that it provides significant...


French award for Keith

Professor Keith Attenborough, IOA Education Manager, has been awarded the "Médaille Etrangère" (Foreign Medal) 2013 by the French Acoustical Society (SFA) in recognition of his " wide contribution to acoustics and his numerous collaborations with French acousticians".
Keith, who helped organise the highly successul joint IOA/SFA conference in Nantes in 2012, will be presented with the medal at the French Acoustical Congress in Poitiers (22-25 April) when he...


Final wind turbine notes published

The IOA has published for consultation the final two supplementary guidance notes (SGNs) to support its A Good Practice Guide to the Application of ETSU-R-97 for the Assessment and Rating of Wind Turbine Noise (the GPG).

The notes cover sound power level data (SGN 3) and noise propagation over water for onshore wind turbines (SGN 6). They can be viewed below. The closing date for the receipt of comments is Friday 31 January 2014.

The SGNs contain...


Praise for IOA noise courses

Tim Briggs, the new president of IOSH, the world's biggest health and safety membership organisation, has praised the IOA's competency certificates.

"I gained the Certificate of Competence in Workplace Noise Risk Assessment five years ago. I found it tough, but I felt I had a worthwhile qualification as a result," he said.

A senior lecturer at Leeds Metropolitan University, Mr Briggs is responsible for managing undergraduate and postgraduate health...


Wind turbine notes consultation

The IOA has launched today a consultation exercise for notes it has produced to support its A Good Practice Guide to the Application of ETSU-R-97 for the Assessment and Rating of Wind Turbine Noise (the GPG). 

Six supplementary guidance notes (SGNs) have been produced. Four are available today and these cover:
• data collection
• data processing and derivation of ETSU-R-97 background curves
• wind shear...


Russell Richardson new Council secretary

Russell Richardson is the new IOA Council Honorary Secretary. He succeeds Nigel Cogger who has stood down as a result of moving to France and retiring from the English Cogger Partnership.

Russell studied electro-acoustics at the University of Salford, graduating in 1995. After a few years of working in acoustics consultancy he returned to the academic world to undertake research into the subjective response of audiences in concert halls at London South Bank...