ADVERTISE products in SAU Nordic Databases (updated for Bastian, SONarchitect and CadnaB until further notice)

Prices and Conditions:

The fee covers a 1 year advertising period of a product in the SAU Nordic databases for Bastian, SONarchitect and CadnaB

  • Starting fee: EUR 550 (applies the first year only)
  • + per product: EUR 140 (each year)

Conditions: Prices may change without prior notice. Upon expiration, the advertising period is prolonged 1 year unless otherwise has been agreed upon before the day of expiration. The fee per each construction for the new advertising 1 year period will be published at this web-page at the day of expiration. Currently, the same fee applies as given in the first items of this clause, without the starting fee. Prices in EUR are converted to SEK through Handelsbanken, including commissions etc.

  • The advertiser (manufacturer) is responsible for the product values submitted for publication in the databases (see below), as well as for all other relevant properties required by the building codes of the relevant country
  • We are entitled to refuse publication of a product, as well as to require additional documentation.
  • We are entitled to hold distribution until the payment has been received
  • The database files will only be compatible with the latest version of CadnaB or SONarchitect. Until 1st July 2022, a BASTIAN version is also maintained, unclear plans for the remaining 2022 and thereafter, contact us.
  • The database files are distributed to subscribers of the databases in e.g. Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland and Iceland.
  • Support to users of the databases is not included in the prices listed. General advice are listed in the FAQ-section (with no responsibility on our part). Courses are offered, contact us.
  • The advertisers (manufacturers) may be published with logotypes and web-links at Table of Advertisers
  • Products advertised in the SAU Nordic databases are currently also distributed to users of SON-architect and CadnaB softwares, through a cooperation with their Scandinavian distributor Norsonic AS (

Last update: 2022-08-15
Previous updates: 2007-11-12, 2008-07-12, 2010-10-31, 2011-01-18, 2011-05-23, 2012-07-06, 2014-02-05., 2020-03-04, 2021-04-10, 2022-01-15

Information to be supplied by the advertiser (manufacturer) :

  • Technical reports (in full) with airborne and/or impact sound insulation, or sound pressure levels (if relevant), in third octave bands (determined according to methods described in the quality policy, cf next clause), surface mass and thickness of the construction (if relevant), its appropriate product name, a compressed JPG picture file (<20 kB, 550x550 pixels, 256 colours), the company name, www-link, contact person, invoice address, your order reference (for invoices)
  • If a product is certified by third party, this will be acknowledged, please present appropriate documentation

NOTE: We will review all product information according to the quality assurance policy listed below prior to publication in the databases, and may reject any information or product that we consider is not conforming to this policy. However, this review is restricted to assuring that relevant tests or theoretical investigations have been made and that the product information refers to the same construction as is being submitted for publication in the databases. We can not verify the validity of the test results, nor the technical properties of the product described in the documentation submitted by the advertiser (manufacturer), unless we have been commissioned to supervise such tests and analyze the technical documentation. It is also the sole responsibility of the buyer (contractor or developer) of a product to verify that the product delivered conforms with the prescribed product and that it is assembled on site according to the instructions by the manufacturer.

Last update: 2014-02-05. Previous updates: 2007-11-12

Quality assurance policy for product information in the databases

(Last update: 2014-02-05. Previous updates: 2007-05-31, 2007-11-12)

The SAU Nordic databases of building products are used by many consultants and advertisers (manufacturers), to calculate sound insulation and sound pressure levels in adjoining spaces. The calculations are made with the software BASTIAN® or SONarchitect®, according to the international standards EN 12354 1-3 (ISO 15712). Such calculations may be used to optimize building constructions, as well as to document conformity with sound requirements of apartments, offices, schools etc. It is therefore of vital importance, that the input data applied to such calculations are reliable, i.e. they should reflect the acoustic properties of the products in the building works as close as possible. The construction should be unambiguously described to allow the consultant to determine an optimal product for the individual application.
    Quality assurance systems, as well as the Swedish building regulations (BBR), have laid stress on these requirements. Until May 2007, each advertiser (manufacturer) has had the sole responsibility for the description of his product and its acoustic data in the databases, and this product information was not validated by a third party. Since May 2007, Simmons akustik & utveckling (Sweden), who manages the Nordic databases, applies a policy to all commercial products being advertised in the databases, in order to ascertain the users of the databases that product data are as reliable as possible. However, the manufacturers are still responsible for the performance of their products and their documentation, since only they have the full details of the production process and technical properties under control.
   We do not supervise tests, nor do we perform own tests of the products being advertised in the databases, unless this is clearly stated. Generic constructions, referring to available publications from SINTEF (NBI), SBUF, Nordtest and other institutes, are not covered by this policy and the reliability of these data are not guaranteed by us.

Prior to publication of product information in the databases, we will check that;

  • descriptions and test reports etc. presented by the advertiser (manufacturer) are appropriate for the product
  • the product is uniquely labelled, or its construction is unambiguously illustrated
  • the appropriate application range of a product has been explained (supplementary information), including documentation needed to ascertain complex products assembled on site to work properly, e.g. stability of floating floors, air sealing etc.
  • the advertiser (manufacturer) is aware of his/her legal responsibility of the product information
  • the advertiser (manufacturer) is aware of that divergences observed will be communicated to the users, and the advertiser (manufacturer) will be asked to either explain how the product information should be applied, or to correct it according to our comments, or to remove the data from the databases

It is not an easy task to state precisely which kind of acoustic data are correct, because all types of tests or validations are afflicted with uncertainties. Measurements in the laboratory, measurements in the field as well as purely theoretical calculations, they all imply various systematic and random errors which bias the results. From practical experience as well as systematic comparisons of field measurements and theoretical predictions, the following methods have proved to yield reliable results, particularly when combined, and these methods may form the basis of acoustic data of products in the databases, as decided by us in the individual case. See the doctoral thesis by Simmons (here):

Alt. 1: Laboratory measurements, made by a well-reputed, independent institute (a), may be used in the general case, and are preferred for small building elements, small sound sources and some anisotropic building elements. Results at very low frequencies may need revision. Supplementary information may be required to document the construction is reliable also on site, e.g. detailed mounting instructions, especially if there are no experiences from finalized and tested buildings (d)

Alt. 2: Field measurements, made by experienced acousticians (b), may be used for most products, and are suitable for many sound sources, ductworks, raised or floating floors and complicated assemblies of products where the junctions play an important role to the performance. Here, several tests are needed, to verify reproducibility of the declared results

Alt. 3: Calculations made by an experienced acoustician (c), with theoretical models being validated by comparisons to measurements of comparable products, is the preferred method for heavy isotropic structures as well as groups of sound sources (e.g. traffic noise). Calculations may also be used for framed structures, e.g. plasterboard walls on resilient studs

Note a: Measurements are made in full accordance with applicable international standards. The laboratory is certified or accredited for these methods, or it participates in national or international inter-laboratory tests (round robins). The laboratory staff examines carefully the test object and the mounting conditions, and reports all relevant details.

Note b: The consultant making the tests is independent, i.e. does not have any commercial interests in the product under test, is not involved in any part of its development, and does not plan the test building. Tests of at least 3 well documented construction samples, preferably in different building projects, shall be presented. These field data will be analyzed by calculations. Appropriate data will be derived; that make calculation results fit to field results on the average, i.e. any systematic differences will be compensated for. The standard deviation of comparison and a design margin are stated.

Note c: The consultant making the calculations is independent according to note (b). The report states the software origin, the relevant input data, how the calculation model has been validated for this particular product, and estimates an uncertainty of the data.

Note d: Users of the database should review all information as well. In case of doubt of the sound performance, or any other practical property, we recommend small scale or full scale field tests to be made to verify the performances. Then mounting instructions etcetera should be updated to reflect practical experiences of the product.

Disclaimer: This common policy, as published at, may be changed without prior notice.