PLEASE NOTE: The September 2012 update document below (Acoustic performance standards for the priority schools building programme) should be used in place of Section 1 of the Building Bulletin 93 as the acoustic performance standards for the Priority Schools Building Programme (PSBP). For the purposes of Building Regulations submissions, any variations from the existing BB93 should be taken as Alternative Performance Standards approved by the Education Funding Agency for this programme.

The constructional standards for acoustics for new school buildings are required to be achieved under the Building Regulations. Unfortunately a large number of classrooms in the UK currently suffer from poor acoustics.

This Building Bulletin guides architects, acousticians, building control officers and building services engineers through the process of the acoustic design of schools in the context of the various types of spaces and activities.

It contains performance standards, acoustic principles, good design practice, calculation procedures, case studies on existing schools and an example submission to a Building Control Body.


  • Specification of acoustic performance
  • Noise control
  • Insulation from external noise
  • The design of rooms for speech
  • The design of rooms for music
  • Acoustic design and equipment for pupils with hearing requirements
  • Case studies
  • Appendices