Acoustic ceilings in sustainable buildings

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When some people consider sustainable buildings, they think of wood from a certified forest, whether carpeting was used, or if harvested rainwater was employed for landscaping. Others may think of energy efficiency, solar panels, and daylighting to reduce electric light usage.

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Affordable solutions available for better school acoustics

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Experts believe as many as one-third of all school students miss up to 33 percent of the oral communication that occurs in the classroom. (M. Nixon’s 2002 article, “Acoustical Standards Begin to Reverberate: Controlling Noise within School Facilities,” was posted on the web at School Construction News Online).

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People Who Work in Glass Houses: Sound masking for modern conference rooms

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Privacy has all but vanished from the modern glass conference room and from much of the open-plan commercial office space. While additional frosting, static films, or vertical blinds can return some small measure of visual privacy, restoring speech privacy through acoustic treatment takes more knowledge, finesse, and careful specification. Acoustic treatment, after all, is not really ‘sound-proofing’ or ‘noise-cancelling.’

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Providing Acoustical Flexibility: Getting ‘active’ at Wartburg College

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Superior musicians demand the best from themselves. Facilities with the proper acoustics can support musicians’ artistry, helping to elevate performances to the highest level. To improve the sound quality of its chapel-auditorium, Wartburg College chose a new technological solution—an active acoustics system. The school, which is located in Waverly, Iowa, premiered the system in October 2015.

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Controlling mechanical system noise

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A typical urban and suburban environment has numerous sources contributing to the exterior ambient noise. Among these are the environmental sounds from a building’s heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning equipment. How can design professionals help mitigate the distraction caused by HVAC?

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Building Quieter: Achieving the fine line between aesthetics and acoustics in wall and ceiling specifications

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Design/construction teams are constantly balancing the desire for a high-quality look and feel with adherence to acoustical requirements and project budgets. This is especially true when it comes to wall and ceiling choices. Whether selecting from basic wall and ceiling panels or custom woodwork, noise is a primary consideration—no matter how it looks, it has to perform.

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