To create effective barriers to noise and vibration in buildings, it is essential to clearly define design objectives, carefully select construction materials, choose appropriate finishes, and diligently design the interior space with proper layouts of adjacent areas.
The CSC Vancouver Chapter is holding their December lunch meeting with a presentation on acoustic performance of windows. The meeting will take place on Thursday, December 6 from 11:30 am to 1:30 p.m. at 180 West Georgia Street.
The North American steel industry has developed necessary tools to meet code requirements for acoustic separation in cold-formed steel frame construction in response to changes in the National Building Code of Canada (NBC). The code now considers additional paths for sound waves, including flanking transmissions through shared ceilings and floors.
The acoustic requirements in the 2015 National Building Code of Canada (NBC) have changed. As a consequence, designers and architects need to pay more attention to sound transmission via the junctions between floors and walls.
Ceilings have become the focus for elegant, functional, acoustical, and sustainable characteristics. Suspension systems provide an exposed or concealed support system for the ceiling tiles, accommodate light fixtures and other components, and help separate the plenum space from the working area.
When converting an old warehouse in Toronto into a music rehearsal and multimedia production facility, the lack of walls created multiple design challenges. A fully floating recording studio was created to achieve the required level of acoustical performance in the space.
The Senate of Canada will move into the Government Conference Centre while Parliament’s Centre Block is rehabilitated. In early 2015, the architectural plans for the Senate’s temporary home called for three new committee rooms at the revamped Government Conference Centre. The only problem was the resulting bare walls.
As we move toward taller timber buildings, fire and acoustics considerations for dwelling units above dwelling units is increasingly important. This article shares the results of National Research Council of Canada testing of various sound control assemblies to comply with new National Building Code of Canada (NBC) requirements. The results are beneficial for architects and specifiers working on wood-framed, multifamily structures.
Unhappy with the acoustics in his winery’s “viewing room,” the owner of Sandhill Winery in Kelowna, B.C., went in search of a solution. In the fall of 2017, the space the winery uses for private tastings was transformed by using innovative panels that serve not only as acoustic attenuators, but also as artwork.