Theaters and concert halls are not the only locations that benefit from good acoustics. Soundproofing acoustics yields benefits for classrooms and offices as well. Excess noise can result in lower test scores for students and a decrease in productivity among office workers. Soundproofing an office can increase concentration, improve productivity levels, reduce the number of errors, and lower stress. Hospitals, doctor’s offices, and other places where confidentiality is a top priority benefit from soundproofing.
There are a variety of design techniques and materials to enhance any structure while providing soundproofing and acoustical quality. Architectural acoustics address three major components: absorption, reflection, and diffusion.
1. Absorption is another term for soundproofing. Materials in this category provide a way to diminish noise and reduce disruptions and background noise particularly in large, open spaces.
2. Reflection is easily understood as echoes, which can be resolved using a combination of design and materials.
3. Diffusing sound evenly throughout a space such as a concert hall, auditorium or office building enhances listening quality.
Experienced developers and architects incorporate sound considerations in the original design and construction. Architectural acoustics will vary depending on the use of the space and can be customized for walls, floors, or ceiling shapes.
Five best practices for architectural acoustics include the following.
1. Consider other sounds within the building’s systems such as HVAC.
2. Place large architectural elements outside the sound path. High and low-frequency sounds are absorbed or distorted and may affect the listening quality. The shape of the space is another factor in sound quality.
3. Likewise, consider the type of furniture and placement within the space and the planned occupancy. Seating in auditoriums and the presence of an audience can change sound.
4. External noises may interfere with sound quality and can be resolved during the construction process.
5. The type of materials used for wall, floor, and ceilings provide different sounds.
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