Measurement of sudden unexplained high-level noise events within residential dwellings

Authors

  • Roderick Mackenzie Building Performance Centre, Institute for Sustainable Construction, Edinburgh Napier University, 42 Colinton Road, Edinburgh, EH10 5BT, United Kingdom
  • R. Sean Smith Building Performance Centre, Institute for Sustainable Construction, Edinburgh Napier University, 42 Colinton Road, Edinburgh, EH10 5BT, United Kingdom

Keywords:

Apartment houses, Gypsum, Building performance, Dynamic movements, Gypsum board, Noise events, Pressure change, Rapid changes, Residential dwelling, Source location

Abstract

A study carried out by the Building Performance Center (BPC) to examine sudden, high-level noise events in different types of new build dwellings is presented. The objective of the investigation was to record, quantify and if possible identify the source location of the noise events within the dwelling building fabric. The results of the measurements conducted indicate that the source of the 'noise events' is located in the gypsum board ceilings of each property. It appears there is a relationship between the stiffness of the plasterboards and a tension or compression action imposed on them by rapid changes in temperature, sudden pressure change or very slight dynamic movement, causing a noise event to occur. The noise event was reported as being associated with being sourced somewhere in the ceiling zone areas across a variety of room types.

Published

2011-09-01

How to Cite

1.
Mackenzie R, Sean Smith R. Measurement of sudden unexplained high-level noise events within residential dwellings. Canadian Acoustics [Internet]. 2011Sep.1 [cited 2021Apr.12];39(3):68-9. Available from: https://jcaa.caa-aca.ca/index.php/jcaa/article/view/2414

Issue

Section

Proceedings of the Acoustics Week in Canada