Acoustics, Flooring and the Built Environment

Sponsored by Shaw Contract

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify at least two effects of noise on health, how much productivity is lost due to noise interruptions at work, and the biggest frustration for employees in an open office setting.
  2. Define decibels and hertz, name the three key tests for sound and identify the three types of sound.
  3. Identify the type of sound that is NOT affected by floor covering and the two types of sound that ARE affected by floor covering.
  4. Identify two types of floor covering that will reduce impact sound, three flooring construction options that will reduce sound, the International Building Code for IIC and STC, as well as explain why noise is more of an issue now than in the past.


AAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
AANB 1 Hour of Core Learning
AAPEI 1 Structured Learning Hour
SAA 1 Hour of Core Learning
MAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
NSAA 1 Hour of Core Learning
OAA 1 Learning Hour
NLAA 1 Hour of Core Learning
NWTAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
This course can be self-reported to the AIBC, as per their CE Guidelines.
This course is approved as a Structured Course
Approved for structured learning
This course is approved as a core course
Approved for Core Learning
Course eligible for OAA Learning Hours
This course is approved as a Core Course
Course may quality for Learning Hours with NWTAA
This course can be self-reported for Learning Units to the Architectural Institute of British Columbia

Because of trends in the market toward hard surface flooring, multi-story buildings, glass walls and open office, noise has suddenly become a renewed concern for architects, designers, building managers and property managers. This course provides background on how sound affects our health and wellbeing, how sound is measured and tested, and how flooring construction and flooring materials can help attenuate noise in multi-level buildings.

Acoustics Flooring


Shaw Contract At Shaw Contract, we believe that the ground beneath your feet should have a positive impact on how you live, learn, work, heal and play. We strive for design excellence in everything we do – from conception to production to installation, it’s what sets us apart. We make flooring that delivers a purposeful blend of design elements, materiality, sustainability and performance. Every day we take on creative challenges to research, design and innovate flooring solutions that transform spaces across the globe.