Keeping the energy sector safe and sound

A nuclear power station in front of a sunset

The energy sector is crucial to powering the modern world, and power stations must meet strict infrastructural requirements relating to safe operation and minimal environmental impact. Whilst sustainability is a factor in a power station’s environmental footprint, the immediate impact on surrounding areas must also be considered – specifically potential noise pollution.

Power stations are subject to environmental noise surveys, and must meet acoustic standards. It is not always possible to build power stations in far-removed locations, and turbines can generate a lot of noise. Managing excess sound is a key challenge if facilities are to be built near residential areas, and Greenwood Louvre has developed advanced systems to help minimise acoustic impact whilst delivering additional safety benefits.


Three steps to acoustic success

Greenwood Louvre has developed a three-cassette system which provides acoustic dampening alongside effective ventilation and smoke management in the instance of an emergency. The three key elements to this system are:


  1. Front-facing High-Performance Weather Damper

The front-facing static louvre delivers numerous benefits including superior rain defence when certified to Class A:3 standard and tested in accordance with BS EN 13030. This louvre also delivers comfort cooling qualities and aesthetic advantages for the building’s exterior.


  1. Enclosed Acoustic Treatment

The acoustic treatment is specified according to the degree of noise-reduction required, and Greenwood Louvre offers solutions of varying configurations to meet the diverse requirements of designers and developers. Acoustic louvres and silencers provide necessary sound attenuation whilst maintaining free internal space to support ventilation.

Greenwood Louvre’s existing range of acoustic solutions are appropriate for a wide range of installations, but the technical team are always willing to discuss bespoke modifications to meet specific requirements.


  1. Rear Control Damper

The innermost element of the system is a Control Damper. Introducing a modulating ventilator to the systems allows accurate control of the air management within the building structure. The variable opening of individual dampers allows the building management system to maintain optimal temperatures for general running of the plant, ensure protection for outage maintenance and deliver immediate smoke management in the instance of an emergency.


This three-cassette system enables power stations to operate without generating environmental noise above agreed levels, and contributes to the overall fire and smoke safety rating of the building.

To learn more about how Greenwood Louvre can support your projects in the energy sector, please contact the team using: [email protected]


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