Acoustics

Saving the building industry over £80 million in under six years.

Professor Sean Smith

Thin membranes may not look like much – they’re mostly industrial textiles and other material supplied in rolls, and when they’re in place, they’re completely hidden from sight – but they can have a profound impact on the performance of a building. In 2008 researchers from the Building Performance Centre were awarded Scotland’s first ‘proof of concept’ in construction by Scottish Enterprise.

The outcome was the development of new multifunction performance membranes for buildings and a partnership with Icopal UK Ltd, one of the world’s leading geomembrane specialists. Together they’ve developed a range of revolutionary thin membrane vibration isolators to reduce noise levels and heat loss through cavity walls. Currently the Icopal Bridgestop membrane system is the highest performing sound insulation wall in terms of sustainability and health and well being. Several patents have been granted, leading to nine new products reaching the
market. Over 15,000 homes have already been built using these
innovative products, delivering cost savings to the industry of
over £80 million.