Canadian acoustical design standards for K-12 schools

Darron Chin-Quee, Nadine Munro, R.L. Scott Penton


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.


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

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