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.
Typing the word “privacy” into a search engine yields a lengthy stream of entries describing the many ways in which privacy can be violated, including reports of hackers acquiring credit card information, law enforcement agencies mining social networking sites, and voice-activated electronics with the ability to eavesdrop on their owners.
Wood is known for its natural ability to improve acoustic performance—to either dampen or expose sound to exacting requirements. In the music industry, wood forms the acoustical body of many instruments, such as pianos, violins, and guitars.