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Green, but Acoustically Mean Buildings

Posted June 09, 2009 7:13 AM

As reported in the June 2009 issue of Acoustics & Audio Technology, a large majority of "green" buildings give people headaches because of the random and distracting noise. Apparently when it comes to LEED standards, there is no accommodation for noise control. The American Society for Acoustics thinks that acoustic best practices should be developed and added to requirements. What do you think?

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Re: Green, but Acoustically Mean Buildings

06/09/2009 11:13 PM

NOT TRUE, LEED EBO&M Environmental Quality Credit 2.1 Specifically addresses thermal comfort, acoustics, indoor air quality....and other comfort issues. I have personally assisted a client with achieving this credit with remediative action from an occupant survey requesting sound dampening as well as another client who received an Innovation Credit for installing Acoustic tiles in a pre-K environment.

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Re: Green, but Acoustically Mean Buildings

06/15/2009 11:09 PM

Interesting how this Design era compares with the Bauhaus in terms of lousy acoustics - now facilitated by use of Ipod Headphones and Bluetooth telephone headsets... then it was tinny little radio speakers or Phonograph horns with low frequency response hardly reaching the lower registers of human speech that were acceptable: contrast this design regime to the utterly acoustically functional overstuffed furniture of a fin de siecle living room which may of had a piano and singing! Art McKay

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