As new construction techniques and certifications become more widely used, specifiers must be aware of the many factors impacting the transmission of sound in buildings. It is important to take sound isolation into account when designing multifamily residential buildings to ensure the long-term comfort and satisfaction of building occupants.
When individuals reside in condos or apartments, they do not want to hear conversations happening in the next unit. This can be accomplished by constructing adequate walls to sufficiently block the sound.
Standards now require high-performance sound absorption overhead in many building types. Understanding the acoustic requirements within the building standards and translating those correctly into a project’s written specification is only the first step. One should also understand other potential impacts on the building design to ensure the facility sounds good overall when completed.
An important function of the building envelope is noise mitigation. Mixed-use buildings offer the benefit of social activities adjacent to habitable units, but spaces such as restaurants and bars will often operate late into the night, and require the ability to generate higher noise levels.