Canadian acoustical design standards for K-12 schools

Authors

  • Darron Chin-Quee Rowan Williams Davies and Irwin Inc., 650 Woodlawn Road W., Guelph, Ont. N1K 1B8
  • Nadine Munro Simcoe Muskoka Cathol. Dist. Sch. B., 46 Alliance Blvd., Barrie, Ont. L4M 5K3
  • R.L. Scott Penton Rowan Williams Davies and Irwin Inc., 650 Woodlawn Road W., Guelph, Ont. N1K 1B8

Keywords:

Acoustic noise, Acoustic waves, Learning systems, Retrofitting, Speech communication, Standards, Acoustical design, Learning potential, National standards, Reverberation time

Abstract

The ANSI S12.60-2002 standard Acoustical Performance Criteria, Design Requirements and Guidelines for Schools are discussed. With no national and only one provincial standard specifically geared to school acoustics, most schools are being designed based on non-uniform and often qualitative approaches of the Boards and architects involved. It is found that high background noise is a major concern in primary learning spaces. A comprehensive national guideline and educational outreach program to inform school designers, board facility planners of the benefits of incorporating better acoustics into school designs is needed.

Published

2004-09-01

How to Cite

1.
Chin-Quee D, Munro N, Penton RS. Canadian acoustical design standards for K-12 schools. Canadian Acoustics [Internet]. 2004Sep.1 [cited 2021May7];32(3):34-5. Available from: https://jcaa.caa-aca.ca/index.php/jcaa/article/view/1614

Issue

Section

Proceedings of the Acoustics Week in Canada