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Living Wall And Acoustic Comfort – A Case Study

Magdaleen Bahour, Ramani Ramakrishnan

Abstract


Occupant comfort in an indoor environment includes not only thermal qualities of the space but expands to other space performance attributes.  For instance, acoustic performance of indoor rooms is seen to have a direct effect on the productivity levels of the occupants of the space.  The integration of greenery system such as a living wall can be a possible sound insulation strategy. The aim of the current research was to obtain in situ acoustic measurements at four locations with living walls, and evaluate the overall potential of sound insulation of these living walls.  In addition, the investigation included an assessment of the potential of integrating the living wall within the Paul Cocker Gallery, at Ryerson University’s Department of Architectural Science.  The results showed that the living wall modules generated high levels of running waterfall, and pump and fan system noise.  The results of the case study are presented in this paper.


Keywords


Sustainable design; indoor acoustics; vertical greenery systems; acoustic simulation.

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