Sound Flanking Through Common Low-Voltage Electrical Conduit in Multi-Family Residential Buildings

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Abstract

Sound flanking between suites in multi-family residential buildings is a prevalent issue in architectural acoustics and building construction that can decrease the sound insulation performance of suite-demising partitions, compromising acoustical privacy and comfort for residents. In recent times, a specific deficiency regarding the sealing of common low-voltage electrical conduit routed between residential suites has been increasing in frequency in construction of residential buildings, resulting in otherwise appropriately designed suite demising configurations performing poorly in situ, and in some cases, even failing Ontario Building Code requirements for sound insulation between dwelling spaces during site testing. This article presents test data sampled from multiple residential buildings in Ontario, highlighting the extent of this issue and its implications, along with discussion regarding the proactive prevention and post-construction rectification of this issue.

Published

2024-05-12

How to Cite

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Kundakcioglu M, Tinianov J, Doiron A. Sound Flanking Through Common Low-Voltage Electrical Conduit in Multi-Family Residential Buildings. Canadian Acoustics [Internet]. 2024 May 12 [cited 2024 May 21];52(1). Available from: https://jcaa.caa-aca.ca/index.php/jcaa/article/view/4173