Clement LucianiAcoustic Consultant

Acoustic Consultant

BEng (Hons), MSc, MIOA

Graduated from Edinburgh Napier University with first class honours in Civil and Transportation Engineering before undertaking further research at the University of York to gain an MSc in Music Technology. He then specialised in acoustics at Pierre et Marie Curie Paris 6 University, graduating with an MSc in Architectural Acoustics in 2005.

Clement joined the partnership in 2006 after completing a 6 month placement at an acoustical consultancy in Paris.

Clement has contributed in setting up our French office in 2010 and worked with the French team for two years on a large public contract in France involving the acoustical and thermal upgrade of over 700 existing dwellings located in a hot spot in relation to a heavy traffic freight railway line.

Clement is particularly interested in sustainable construction projects and community build projects. He is keen to develop the sustainable acoustics field and is currently involved with the development of the Scottish branch of the Living Building Challenge (LBC).

Environmental Impact Assessment – Noise & Vibration

Clement regularly undertakes noise impact assessments (NIA) in accordance with Planning Advice Note 1/2011 (for Scotland). The main bulk of the work relates to noise-sensitive development proposals affected by neighbouring transportation infrastructures (mostly Road and Rail and occasionally Air) or commercial/industrial noise or commercial/industrial development proposals affecting existing dwellings or other noise-sensitive premises.

Assessment methodologies are agreed with Local Authorities prior to the survey work being undertaken. The most common guidance documents used are listed below:

General guidance: BS 8233:2014 ‘Guidance on sound insulation and noise reduction for buildings
Road noise: Department of the Environment document ‘Calculation of Road Traffic Noise’ (CRTN, 1988)
Railway noise: Department of Transport’s document ‘Calculation of Railway Noise’ (CRN, 1995)
Commercial/Industrial: BS 4142:2014 ‘Method for rating and assessing industrial and commercial sound
Railway vibration: BS 6472-1:2008 ‘Guide to evaluation of human exposure to vibration in buildings – Part 1: Vibration sources other than blasting

Sound Insulation Testing  

Clement regularly undertakes sound insulation testing for new build and refurbishment projects throughout the UK in accordance with BS EN ISO 140 standards. He has been a registered ANC tester since 2006 and has undertaken over a thousand tests.

His work is mainly based in Scotland where the testing is carried out in lined with the requirements of Section 5 of the Technical Handbook for the Building (Scotland) Regulations 2004. Testing in England & Wales is undertaken in line with the requirements of Approved Document E (2003 edition, as amended 2004, 2010, 2013 and 2015) of the Building Regulations 2010 (England & Wales).

Clement has worked on numerous projects associated with domestic complaints for new build developments or existing house stocks managed by Housing Associations.

Acoustic Design        

Clement has been involved in the acoustic design of projects for new build and conversion developments ranging from residential and community, health care and educational (hub school projects) projects to office and commercial/entertainment developments such as large cinema multiplexes, restaurants, retail and hotels.

He has been involved with numerous conversion projects from traditional Georgian and Victorian buildings from offices back to residential use.

Common guidance documents used for design projects are listed below:

General guidance: BS 8233:2014 ‘Guidance on sound insulation and noise reduction for buildings
General guidance: BREEAM Technical Manuals (regularly updated)
School projects: Department for Education Building Bulleting 93 ‘Acoustic design of schools: performance standards’ (BB93, February 2017)
Health Care projects: Scottish Health Technical Memorandum 08-01: ‘Specialist services Acoustics’ (SHTM 08-01, July 2015)
Cinema and hotel projects: Bespoke Client specification documents

Air Tightness Testing           

Clement is accredited by Elmhurst Airtightness Scheme (EAS) to undertake Air Tightness Testing at Level 1 (domestic and small industrial). He undertakes measurements of domestic buildings throughout the UK and non-domestic buildings such as offices, student halls, schools and community centres.

Clement has been an air tightness registered tester since 2013 and has undertaken approximately 200 post-completion tests since.

Current positions and affiliations

  • Research Fellow, Building Performance Centre, Edinburgh Napier University
  • Acoustic Consultant, Robin Mackenzie Partnership, Edinburgh Napier University
  • ANC Part E and Section 5 Registration Scheme registered Sound Insulation Tester
  • Elmhurst Airtightness Scheme (EAS) registered Air Tightness Tester
  • Member of the IOA (Institute of Acoustics)
  • Member of SEDA (Scottish Ecological Design Association)


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