Specifiers and architects seeking to ensure the mechanical equipment noise does not exceed the ceiling system’s ability to attenuate it can use a straightforward method defined in the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute’s (AHRI) Standard 885 (2008), Procedure for Estimating Occupied Space Sound Levels in the Application of Air Terminals and Air Outlets.
The growing trend of open or exposed kitchens has created the need for restaurant ceilings satisfying esthetics, cleanability and hygiene requirements. This article will explore options for meeting these diverse demands.
An article in our newest e-book discusses how new acoustic ceiling materials are well-positioned to help create healthy, comfortable, and acoustically sound buildings. It appears along with two other articles on institutional architecture in “Designing MUSH Facilities,” a free, downloadable resource.
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.
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.
In this author’s role as a technical solutions manager with a gypsum wallboard manufacturer, a lot of questions are received about fire-resistance-rated wall partitions and floor-ceilings. Inquiries usually begin with “Can I do this?” or “Do we have to do that?”
Hospitals are inherently noisy for two primary reasons. First, there is the abundance of noise sources, from paging systems and patient monitoring equipment to staff conversations and the bustle of visitors.
Every day, people complain about the acoustic environments in the office buildings where they work. This is supported by the Center for the Built Environment at the University of California (UC) Berkeley, which maintains one of the most extensive post-occupancy building survey databases in the world.
A suspended acoustical ceiling represents a significant percentage of a room’s surface. As such, these ceilings are critical to controlling the noise level in a space by providing a means of absorbing unwanted sound generated inside and blocking unwanted sound generated outside.
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