Acoustical evaluation of six 'green' office buildings

Authors

  • Murray Hodgson Acoustics and Noise Research Group, SOEH-MECH, University of British Columbia, 2206 East Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z3, Canada
  • Rosamund Hyde Stantec Consulting Ltd., 1100 - 111 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 6A3, Canada
  • Blair Fulton Stantec Consulting Ltd., 1100 - 111 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 6A3, Canada
  • Catherine Taylor-Hell Stantec Consulting Ltd., 1100 - 111 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 6A3, Canada

Keywords:

Design, Electric fault location, Office buildings, Process engineering, Site selection, Acoustical designs, Acoustical evaluations, Acoustical measurements, Acoustical responses, Building orientations, Design processes, External-, Hvac systems, Internal partitions, Lay outs, Walking through

Abstract

A investigation was conducted to evaluate six 'green' office buildings acoustically to learn design lessons. It involved a meeting with designers, performing an occupant satisfaction survey, analyzing the acoustical responses, walking through the building, and planning acoustical measurements. The results of the study suggest that improving acoustical environments in 'green' buildings fundamentally requires good acoustical design. This signifies the application in design of existing knowledge, with input from an acoustical specialist from the beginning of the design process. This knowledge relates to site selection and building orientation, to the design of the external envelope and penetrations in it, and to the building lay out and internal partitions. It also relates to the design of the HVAC system, to the appropriate dimensioning of spaces, and to the amount and location of sound-absorbing treatments.

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Published

2008-09-01

How to Cite

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Hodgson M, Hyde R, Fulton B, Taylor-Hell C. Acoustical evaluation of six ’green’ office buildings. Canadian Acoustics [Internet]. 2008 Sep. 1 [cited 2021 Dec. 4];36(3):72-3. Available from: https://jcaa.caa-aca.ca/index.php/jcaa/article/view/2043

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Proceedings of the Acoustics Week in Canada

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