A New Acoustic Test Facility in Western Canada Part A, The Facility and Its Justification
AbstractCritical to our work in corrective acoustics and the development of custom noise barriers, etc., is the need to know how well a proposed design will actually perform before large expenditures are made. In the earlier years of our practice we used the usual devices of borrowing space in a gymnasium, shop, or other available facility to conduct tests in conditions simulating the job site. The results of course had to be judged in the light of known deficiencies in the testing procedure. It was also very apparent to us that there were a number of manufacturers of building materials, wall systems, machinery and equipment, etc. in Western Canada who were not able to provide adequate acoustical ratings on their products because the cost and inconvenience of testing at distant laboratories was prohibitive. For these reasons, we decided, in 1972, to start construction of a full scale test laboratory.
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