Development and Architectural

Conflicts of Interest – Consultants that ALSO sell materials and installation services

Almost every week, we hear from prospective clients who are looking for a second opinion of a report (and accompanying bill of materials and installation) they they have received from an acoustical, vibrational, or air quality testing firm or consultant.

Often they are both perplexed and upset by the financial burden that adherence to the report/materials list will cause.

In our opinion, consultants and testing agencies should NEVER be in the business of selling (and/or installing) materials for the following reasons:

1. Consultants should never be in a position where recommending materials adds to the bill. Recommendations for remediation should be based upon facts, rather than added profit.

2. Consultants should always be free to represent the best solution, not the one that is sold or distributed by the consultant.

3. Consultants who have a stake in the effectiveness for materials sold into a project have a conflict of interest between unbiased results and proving that their solutions worked.

4. Consultants (testing firms, and worse yet, material distributors) who sell materials have been known to conduct testing as an afterthought (with substandard tools and methods)

On-Site Acoustic Testing does not sell any products, materials or installation services, nor do we take payment of any kind from materials or vendors that we may recommend as part of our project recommendations.

Period.


If you would like a second (or first) opinion regarding your project you can contact us using the convenient form below:

Or call us at 1-800-665-0080 to speak with one of our professionals.

Noise Control Consultants

We provide noise and sound mitigation consulting services.

Our experienced technicians (in conjunction with consulting professional engineers, architects, and other consultants) can work with your organization to provide relief for many common issues such as:

  • Open floorplan noise in call centers
  • Noise from power generation facilities including turbine, solar, wind, and water
  • Unwanted sound transmission in medical and dental offices
  • Noise and vibration emanating from Crossfit, Orangetheory and other gym and workout facilities
  • HVAC and other building equipment whether on the ground or roof-mounted
  • Unpleasant room acoustics in restaurants, nightclubs, and auditoriums
  • Machine noise in factories, distribution centers, and retail establishments
  • Noise from playgrounds and recreational areas

Contact us today at project@osatusa.com (or call us toll-free at 800-665-0080) to find out how we can provide the solutions for your noise and sound issues.

Noise and Sound Mitigation Consulting

While we are well known for providing noise, vibration, air-quality, and other environmental testing, you may not realize that we also provide noise and sound mitigation consulting services. Our experienced technicians (in conjunction with consulting professional engineers and other consultants) can work with your organization to provide relief for many common issues such as:

  • Open floorplan noise in call centers
  • Construction noise testing and mitigation
  • Unwanted sound transmission in medical and dental offices
  • Noise and vibration emanating from Crossfit and other gym and workout facilities
  • HVAC and other building equipment whether on the ground or roof-mounted
  • Unpleasant room acoustics in restaurants, nightclubs, and auditoriums
  • Machine noise in factories, distribution centers, and retail establishments
  • Noise from playgrounds and recreational areas

Contact us today at project@osatusa.com (or call us toll-free at 800-665-0080) to find out how we can provide the solutions for your noise and sound issues.

FSTC (Field Sound Transmission Class) is now ASTC (Apparent Sound Transmission Class)! ASTM E336 – 19

Recently the name of the field sound transmission class rating system which was known as FSTC has been changed to apparent sound transmission class (ASTC).

What does this mean, to you, the end user?

The simple answer is: not very much!

The test is still conducted using the same basic methodology, meaning that the equipment and testing process is largely the same.

So be aware that test results that used to say FSTC now say ASTC.

ASTM E336 – 19

Standard Test Method for Measurement of Airborne Sound Attenuation between Rooms in Buildings

FIIC (Field Insulation Impact Class) is now AIIC (Apparent Impact Insulation Class)! ASTM E1007 – 19

Recently the name of the field insulation impact class rating system which was known as FIIC has been changed to apparent impact insulation class.

What does this mean, to you, the end user?

The simple answer is: not very much!

The test is still conducted using the same basic methodology, meaning that the equipment and testing process is largely the same.

So be aware that test results that used to say FIIC now say AIIC.

ASTM E1007 – 19

Standard Test Method for Field Measurement of Tapping Machine Impact Sound Transmission Through Floor-Ceiling Assemblies and Associated Support Structures