Sound Isolation for Multi-Residential Dwellings

Sound Isolation for Multi-Residential Dwellings

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How can we achieve the desired sound transfer and impact ratings for suspended ceilings in multi-residential apartments?

Let’s discuss the different methods to best achieve sound isolation for multi-residential apartments.

When thinking about comfort in multi-residential apartments we often think about the aesthetics of the design, how the space looks, its functionality, and what sort of furniture we adorn our residence in. It’s not often, or until we have a problem that we think about the acoustic design of an apartment.

One of the most challenging aspects of acoustic control in multi-residential dwellings is eliminating sound transfer from adjacent apartments, which can be caused by loud voices, music, or simply impact from walking. Because sound from one space to another creates vibrations the wall and floor/ceiling assembly can essentially become its own speaker due to the level of vibration that dissipates through a structure if poorly constructed.

Many publications state that the minimum Sound Transmission Class (STC) between multi-residential apartments can be achieved by employing insulation, resilient channel, and two layers of gypsum board. Although this assembly often only just reaches the minimum building requirements. The solid structure of this assembly can cause an amplifying effect due to the movement of energy through vibration.

A simple solution to avoid an “amplification” effect is to break the structure up to eliminate the vibrations traveling through the solid structure. Absorbing the vibrations is most commonly achieved by specifying resilient sound isolation mounts and hangers. (Fig 1 below)

Resilmount in Multi Residential Dwellings

Although multiple options exist, not all resilient isolation hangers are created equal; some resilient mounts are designed and tested to perform to certain levels whilst others are simply a metal clip with a rubber insert, and this doesn’t necessarily guarantee a high attenuation of sound transfer or impact noise. Acoustic engineers will recommend using resilient isolation hangers that have been acoustically tested in complete wall assemblies.

Having this testing data available states that the ceiling/floor assembly will absorb an exceptional level of sound transfer and impact noise without the cost of added plasterboard and extra labour time.

The Resilmount range of isolation mounts from Studco is constructed using a high-quality Thermoplastic Polymer and has been tested at the renowned Riverbank Laboratories in U.S.A and at the University of Auckland Acoustic Laboratory to achieve the required performance in a range of wall and ceiling assemblies.  Highly durable, the polymer composition of Resilmount Isolation Mounts ensures long-lasting performance that won’t deteriorate over time. A favourite amongst acoustic engineers and contractors alike, the Resilmount range caters to a variety of ceiling and wall assemblies.

Studco Building Systems are proud to be solution partners to multi-residential construction and encourage architects, engineers, and specifiers to speak with our Technical Team to understand how our systems can greatly improve the comfort and liveability of tall building structures.

Case Studies

Lincoln Lofts, RI
Blue Skies Construction & Design
Products Used
A237R Metal Furring Channel Resilient Clip
Watermark Pointe Beachfront Collection, NY
Regional Construction
Products Used
A50R Resilient Sound Isolation Hanger
The Pittman Hotel, TX
Products Used
M24R Resilient Joiner Bracket


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