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Building Acoustics

1st Edition

By Marc Asselineau

CRC Press

252 pages | 30 B/W Illus.

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Description

Avoid Costly Mistakes for Specialists and Non-Specialists Alike

Bad acoustics in buildings is a nuisance that is not dealt with easily. The problem applies just as much to open-plan offices and restaurants and to production facilities and transportation stations as it does to performance halls, not to mention homes. It does not merely affect oral communication or enjoyment of music but has quite profound consequences on well-being.

Gives Guidance on What to Expect from Design Teams and Contractors

Building Acoustics is devoted to practical building and room acoustics, illustrated by numerous examples. It introduces the basics for the different specialists in a design team and for the client and sets out the issues for shared consideration. It guides them in the drawing up of sensible acoustic specifications. It is written for non-specialists and gives an outline of potential problems. It also shows what to consider before the construction stage. It empowers its readers to express their needs to a specialist consultant and to avoid the worst pitfalls.

  • Covers interactions between acoustics and other disciplines
  • Shows through numerous real-life examples the route to understanding and solving the problem
  • Illustrates various points of views through real projects

Reviews

"The sheer number of types of projects, with the various suggestions, lessons learned, anecdotes, and pearls of wisdom, can provide at least a sense of the width and breadth of topics that should be considered and evaluated for a successful acoustical outcome."

—Tony Hoover in Journal of the Audio Engineering Society

"This book is the result of many years of ground experience in the field of building acoustics. This certainly makes it today the most living material in this field. It is both a classical course and a contemporary work in the sense that is closely related to modern technical developments in building architecture. …I particularly appreciate the motivation of the author to provide a very general overview of the discipline going from the basics of acoustics up to the ground experience (including some personal stories)."

—P. Chevret, Institut national de recherche et de sécurité pour la prévention des accidents du travail et des maladies professionnelles (INRS), France

"The narrative texts and the references at conclusion of each chapter are a remarkable interweaving of European and North American standards and regulations, which not only documents and illustrates how universal acoustical issues and solutions are, but makes the book a global primer that might be useful on any continent."

—Jack B. Evans, PE, Jack Evans & Assoc., Inc. (dba) JEAcoustics

Table of Contents

Introduction

Acoustics

Definition of Acoustics

Brief History

Notions of Levels

Notions of Propagation

Basics of Sound Insulation and Attenuation

Basics of Reverberation Time

Notions of Intelligibility

Notions of Annoyance and Disturbance

Standardization in Acoustics

Basics of Regulations

Laboratory and In Situ Measurements

Active Noise Control

References

Building Acoustics

Introduction

Foreword

Sound Insulation

Impact Noise

Acoustic Absorption and Reverberation Time

Vibration Control

Construction Noise

A Few Stages of Building Construction

Refurbishment

Notions of Sound Masking

A Word about Privacy and Security

Examples

Having a Go at Dimensioning the Project

References

Mechanical Equipment

Introduction

Applicable Standards and Regulations

HVAC

Electrical

Lifts

Sanitary Equipment

Vibration Control

A Few Practical Aspects

Examples

References

User’s Equipment

Foreword

Applicable Standards and Regulations

A Few Usual Types of User’s Equipment

A Few Practical Aspects

Examples

References

Room Acoustics

Introduction

Basic Parameters

A Few Types of Rooms

What Parameter for Which Use?

Speech Intelligibility

Diffusion and Scattering

Modeling

A Few Practicalities

Renovation

Examples

References

Offices, Open Spaces, and Restaurants

Introduction

Requirements

Acoustic Targets

A Few Basic Rules

Modeling

Measuring

Examples

References

Dwellings Hotels and Hospitals

Introduction

Requirements

Acoustic Targets

A Few Basic Rules

Examples

References

Other Spaces Used by the Public

Introduction

Analysis of Requirements

Acoustic Targets

A Few Basic Rules

A Few Types of Public Spaces

Examples

References

Production Facilities and Workshops

Introduction

Requirements

Acoustic Targets

A Few Basic Rules

Modeling

Measurements

Examples

References

Educational Facilities’ Performance and Lecture Halls

Introduction

Requirements

Acoustic Targets

A Few Basic Rules

Typical Spaces

Examples

References

Theatres and Cinemas

Introduction

Requirements

Acoustic Targets

A Few Basic Rules

Examples

References

Music and Concert Facilities

Introduction

Requirements

Acoustic Targets

A Few Basic Rules

Modeling

Examples

References

Operas

Introduction

Requirements

Acoustic Targets

A Few Basic Rules

Modeling

Examples

References

Multipurpose Facilities

Introduction

Requirements

Acoustic Targets

A Few Basic Rules

A Few Types

Rehabilitation

Examples

References

Conclusion

Example of a Building Project

Description

Acoustic Objectives

Acoustic Specifications

Conclusion

References

Examples of Fitting Out

Description

Bedroom

Meeting Room

References

A Word about Other Interesting Topics (Thermal and Fire Protection of Buildings, Structures, and Rodent Repulsion)

Introduction

Structural Engineering

Thermal Insulation

Fire Protection

Animal Repulsion

Examples

Conclusion

References

Glossary

Index

About the Author

Marc Asselineau has worked with Peutz & Associates acoustical consultants for more than 25 years, on projects from simple equipment noise in an office building to large architectural projects. He has been active in French and ISO standards and was awarded the Canac Prize by the French Acoustics Society in 2004.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
TEC005000
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Construction / General
TEC009070
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Mechanical