Acoustic comfort is realized when a person’s activity is not disturbed by noise and their hearing does not suffer. The opposite occurs when exposure to noise causes psychological disorder, hinders performing normal activities and reduces the ability to concentrate.

ThinkWood Optimizing Acoustic Performance

Architect: Togawa Smith Martin | Photo: Kevin C. Korczyk

Learning Objectives

  1. Examine factors affecting acoustic performance and review building types where optimal acoustics are important for occupant comfort.
  2. Understand acoustical codes and standards and how acoustics are incorporated into green rating systems, including LEED v4 and the California Green Building Standards Code.
  3. Identify how wood building systems can help meet acoustic requirements for optimal indoor environmental quality.
  4. Review two case studies where integrating acoustic design, as well as numerous other sustainable features, was a high priority.

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