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Best Practices in Architectural Acoustics

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Controlling unwanted noise and designing to help improve audibility and sound quality in classrooms, auditoriums, and workplaces are two critical goals of building design and operations. Noise source control is a part of this in the building’s operational phase. Still, building design can significantly impact the ability to control those sound variables over the life of the building. The propagation of waves in air, solids, and other matter is studied in the multidisciplinary science of acoustics. The practical application of acoustics includes noise control and the prediction of sound behavior in buildings, interior environments, and urban settings, among other designed places. From the manufacturing of building materials and systems to the design of every kind of occupied space and the surfaces and furnishings inside, there is a high degree of reliance on the principles of acoustics.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the science and principles of acoustics
  • Explain the architectural issues of acoustics
  • Describe and compare acoustical products and materials
  • Explain how to integrate sustainability and acoustics in LEED projects
  • Apply acoustics in different green building applications
  • Determine best practices in balancing acoustical theory and building

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