Noise is a daily part of life, but too much noise creates stress and discomfort. While contractors can mitigate noise with the right windows and doors, true acoustic comfort is built from the ground up.
ArchDaily stresses the importance of acoustic comfort, and why architects need to create with acoustic comfort in mind:
How To Design For Acoustic Comfort
To design for acoustic comfort, consider occupant needs along with external and architectural factors: the building program, cultural habits, noise types, noise spectrum, construction systems and materials. Sound is challenging to accurately predict. Forecast external noise levels through site analysis and a narrative explaining the building’s performance requirements, building fabric, and technical equipment needs. True on-site analysis cannot be replaced by computer simulations, which don’t have human ears. Ultimately, acoustic performance comes down to workmanship.
Where Should Architects Get Involved?
Once the programmatic needs are known (and the correct noise levels are already determined with the help of a specialist) it’s time for materials to be selected. This is exactly where architects should be more involved and where they can make a difference in the design and expression of the building (inside and out).There is a wide variety of customizable materials available such as acoustic wall and ceiling panels which area a great way to reduce sound reflections. Also acoustic glass integrates a film interlayer to diminish sound transmission without sacrificing transparency, and this can be a great way to create interior sub-divisions in modern shrinking spaces, for example. And we should never forget the correct use and application of noise-proofing sealant which prevents unwanted noise from escaping a room through minimum gaps and cracks. Finally, an on-site testing ensures the specified performance is achieved.”
Acoustics are a key element in all building types from hospitals, educational buildings, sports centers to residential or working and music venues. Each typology in architecture will have its own acoustic requirement and that’s why architects cannot design a comfortable and sustainable building without the previous research and knowledge. To achieve a perfect acoustical space we must be aware of the technologically-advanced materials which maintain world-class acoustics. As our cities densify, neighbors grow closer, people work from home, and building types become more and more mixed-use, the indoor acoustic landscapes are evolving. Climate change has already raised noise levels by increasing our use of air conditioning systems. Storms are intensifying, bringing about more vibrations. Our buildings will require better insulation to protect occupants from internal as well as external noise. At the end of the day, the way we “hear” in a space not only affects our appreciation of it but our productivity, our capacity of learning, our sleep, comfort, and general wellbeing, as well.
In order to create a pleasing interior space, acoustic comfort is a key consideration at all steps of the project. St. Cloud Window’s acoustic windows and doors are designed to mitigate noise without sacrificing beauty. View our full range of acoustic products online.
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