Minimal Common walls between two Flats

"Better Design Practice Consider apartment layout along with the locat ion, separat ion and configuration of apartments in order to maximise acoustic privacy in each apartment.

  • Organise apartments within a building to minimise sound transmission between units.
  • Group noisier rooms next to one another whilst grouping quieter rooms further away.
  • Utilise storage and circulation spaces to create buffers to noise from other apartments, building services or common areas.
  • Minimise the amount of party walls within a development.
  • Consider the apartment layout in terms of separating noisy rooms from quieter rooms.
  • Group similar functions together.
  • Use design technologies and techniques to reconcile conflicts between noise, outlook and views. These may include: double glazing using sealed entry doors to reduce sound transmission from common spaces or from outside the building
  • providing sound insulation beyond the requirements of the building code."

Flats open on all four sides

Basic Principles

  • To ensure that all habitable rooms have access to natural daylight. Where possible, this should be extended to service rooms (such as kitchens and bathrooms).
  • To ensure sufficient daylighting in order to reduce the reliance on artificial lighting during daylight hours.

Building Design Part 03

Tools for improving the design of residential flat buildings, Government of
New South Wales, Australia