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New Zealand Get a New Peak Body

Published: 24/07/2017

New Zealand gets a new peak body

 

The peak-body committed to supporting the acoustics profession, the Association of Australasian Acoustical Consultants (AAAC), announces that it will now represent acoustical consultancies in New Zealand and brings on seven additional consultancies as members of the organisation.

 

The organisation now has 65 member firms, employing approximately 400 consultants reflecting a $90m size industry.

 

Its members are comprised of the most highly qualified and experienced acoustic professionals across Australasia. New members’ projects include Television New Zealand, Auckland’s City Rail Link and Christchurch Convention Centre.

 

The AAAC aims to raise the standards of acoustics practice across Australasia. The peak-body helps to educate industry professionals and the public on the role which good acoustics, and the management and mitigation of noise and vibration play in achieving good design and effective planning in the built and natural environment.

 

New Zealand firms who are now AAAC members include:

·       Acoustic Engineering Services

·       AECOM (Auckland)

·       AECOM (Christchurch)

·       Malcolm Hunt Associates

·       Marshall Day Acoustics

·       Norman Disney & Young

·       SLR Consulting

·       StylesGroup

 

AAAC members provide advice to a diverse range of clients from developers and property owners, planners and architects, lawyers, local authorities and private householders, and lead their profession in technical expertise, research, innovation, and development of real-world, practical solutions for application to all types of environments.

 

From minimizing the adverse impacts of noise on the public to ensuring the acoustics design of hospitals, schools and public buildings optimally supports function, productivity and enhances the aural environment is key to the acoustics professionals’ role. 

 

The Chair of AAAC, Matthew Stead, says, “for the first time in New Zealand, acoustic consultancies will have their own body which will give access to standardised approaches and procedures, training opportunities and a community of like-minded specialists to network with and learn from.

 

“We’re very pleased to welcome our New Zealand members and are looking forward to learning from our counterparts and colleagues across the water.”

 

Christian Vossart, Senior Acoustics Consultant and Building Acoustics Manager at New Zealand based company Styles Group says,

 

“We’re very happy that the scope of the AAAC now includes New Zealand.

 

“We believe the AAAC has a very important role to play in raising the awareness of noise and vibration effects and the increasing importance that good acoustic design plays in our modern society.”

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