TFI Aachen: Latest generation acoustics laboratory put into operation

 

 

 

 

TFI Aachen, 16 December 2020 – The TFI’s new laboratory for building acoustics was ceremoniously opened today by Sibylle Keupen, Mayor of the City of Aachen, with the words:

 

“The TFI is a pioneer in designing living, working and public spaces to become feel-good spaces. The innovation from the real laboratory contributes to shaping Aachen as a demonstration city of the future together with its citizens.”

 

Die stolzen Bauherren

Due to the current Corona development, Ms Keupen joined via interactive live stream from Aachen City Hall. Stephan Naacke, (Chairman of the Board TFI) was also present in digital form. The traditional cutting of the opening ribbon on site was therefore done by Prof. Thomas Gries (Deputy Chairman of the Board) together with Dr. Bayram Aslan (Director of the Institute) and Dr. Andreas Zoëga (Head of the Testing Laboratory).

 

From planning to accreditation in 6 months

 

For the planning, construction and installation, the TFI needed less than six months together with the building contractors. During this time, accreditation according to DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025 (General Requirements for the Competence of Testing and Calibration Laboratories) was achieved.

 

Demands on acoustics are increasing rapidly

 

The demands on the acoustic properties of products for indoor use are increasing. The reason for this is both open room concepts, e.g. in the working world (open space), and the improvement of the sound insulation of the building envelope, as a result of which noises are perceived as disturbing that were previously not perceived at all.

On the one hand, sound transmission between two rooms, e.g. through impact sound or airborne sound, must be reduced. Who would like to be able to follow the footsteps of their neighbour living above them (impact sound) or have to share their taste in music (airborne sound)?

 

That is why there is an increasing demand for innovative acoustic products on the market.

 

“Supporting our customers in research and testing of innovative acoustic products in an optimal way with a holistic offer, that was our motivation for this investment and the quick realisation”, emphasises Dr. Bayram Aslan.

 

“The range of services is expanding enormously as a result. In addition to standard tests, the TFI can also carry out special tests adapted to the customer’s needs. In addition, customers can rent the laboratory in order to be able to carry out test programmes on their own responsibility, e.g. for collections or development samples.”, Dr. Aslan continues.

 

Range of services

 

The new building acoustics laboratory can test airborne sound as well as impact sound. This enables, among other things, the testing of

 

– screeds

– laying underlays

– floor coverings

– wall and ceiling overlays or

– multi-layer floor systems

 

In addition, sound-absorbing properties of wall, ceiling and floor materials as well as interior furnishings can be investigated in the new reverberation room.

 

With the new laboratory, TFI Aachen offers manufacturers the best conditions for analysing and optimising the acoustic properties of interior products,” emphasises Institute Director Aslan.

 

About TFI

 

TFI is the institute for research, testing and certification of building and interior products in Europe. TFI has been researching and testing according to the highest standards for over 50 years. The certification body is internationally accredited according to DIN EN ISO/IEC 17065 and the testing body according to DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025. In addition, the TFI is a notified body under the EU Construction Products Regulation for the CE mark and a DIBt-recognised testing, monitoring and certification body under the State Building Code.

 

 

 

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Due to the current Corona development, Ms Keupen joined via interactive live stream from Aachen City Hall. Stephan Naacke, (Chairman of the Board TFI) was also present in digital form. The traditional cutting of the opening ribbon on site was therefore done by Prof. Thomas Gries (Deputy Chairman of the Board) together with Dr. Bayram Aslan (Director of the Institute) and Dr. Andreas Zoëga (Head of the Testing Laboratory).

 

From planning to accreditation in 6 months

 

For the planning, construction and installation, the TFI needed less than six months together with the building contractors. During this time, accreditation according to DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025 (General Requirements for the Competence of Testing and Calibration Laboratories) was achieved.

 

Demands on acoustics are increasing rapidly

 

The demands on the acoustic properties of products for indoor use are increasing. The reason for this is both open room concepts, e.g. in the working world (open space), and the improvement of the sound insulation of the building envelope, as a result of which noises are perceived as disturbing that were previously not perceived at all.

On the one hand, sound transmission between two rooms, e.g. through impact sound or airborne sound, must be reduced. Who would like to be able to follow the footsteps of their neighbour living above them (impact sound) or have to share their taste in music (airborne sound)?

 

That is why there is an increasing demand for innovative acoustic products on the market.

 

“Supporting our customers in research and testing of innovative acoustic products in an optimal way with a holistic offer, that was our motivation for this investment and the quick realisation”, emphasises Dr. Bayram Aslan.

 

“The range of services is expanding enormously as a result. In addition to standard tests, the TFI can also carry out special tests adapted to the customer’s needs. In addition, customers can rent the laboratory in order to be able to carry out test programmes on their own responsibility, e.g. for collections or development samples.”, Dr. Aslan continues.

 

Range of services

 

The new building acoustics laboratory can test airborne sound as well as impact sound. This enables, among other things, the testing of

 

– screeds

– laying underlays

– floor coverings

– wall and ceiling overlays or

– multi-layer floor systems

 

In addition, sound-absorbing properties of wall, ceiling and floor materials as well as interior furnishings can be investigated in the new reverberation room.

 

With the new laboratory, TFI Aachen offers manufacturers the best conditions for analysing and optimising the acoustic properties of interior products,” emphasises Institute Director Aslan.

 

About TFI

 

TFI is the institute for research, testing and certification of building and interior products in Europe. TFI has been researching and testing according to the highest standards for over 50 years. The certification body is internationally accredited according to DIN EN ISO/IEC 17065 and the testing body according to DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025. In addition, the TFI is a notified body under the EU Construction Products Regulation for the CE mark and a DIBt-recognised testing, monitoring and certification body under the State Building Code.

 



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