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.
Although it may seem like a small part of the project, correctly understanding impact insulation class/sound transmission class (IIC/STC) ratings as well as choosing acoustical underlayments can have an immense effect on the lifetime profitability of a project and value of repeat clients and customers.
When designing building entryways, especially highly visible and heavily trafficked ones, architects and specifiers must successfully achieve precision, performance, and beauty (the triple threat) simultaneously.