Acoustic Design for Wellness in a Post-COVID World

Addressing growing noise challenges resulting from interior design changes due to the pandemic
 
Sponsored by Armstrong Ceiling and Wall Solutions
0.5 AIA LU/HSW; 0.1 IACET CEU*; 1 AIBD P-CE; AAA 1 Structured Learning Hour; This course can be self-reported to the AANB, as per their CE Guidelines; AAPEI 1 Structured Learning Hour; This course can be self-reported to the AIBC, as per their CE Guidelines.; MAA 1 Structured Learning Hour; This course can be self-reported to the NLAA.; This course can be self-reported to the NSAA; NWTAA 1 Structured Learning Hour; OAA 1 Learning Hour; SAA 1 Hour of Core Learning

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the factors impacting acoustics as a result of changes in material/layout criteria to address cleanability, de-densification, physical/social distancing in this Post-COVID time. Learn how they environments may be designed to address the health and well -being of people in those environments.
  2. Explain the negative effects of noise and solutions to lessen it as you design projects with acoustics in mind from the start.
  3. Learn the 4 steps to well-designed sound and two things that work together to create balanced sound.
  4. Be aware of solutions currently available to enable positive experiences for human health and comfort in the built environment: Panels that offer both sound blocking and sound absorption to offset additional hard surfaces and understand new design options across material types to add sound absorption to your designs.

This course is part of the Acoustics Academy

In a post-COVID world, building owners and occupants want assurance that the buildings they own and occupy are healthy and safe. Many of the modifications enabling health and safety are likely to create higher noise levels. Acoustical comfort, including the ability to focus, collaborate, or have confidential conversations, will need to be addressed in a way that is both effective and aesthetically pleasing.

This course will help building professionals meet the challenges of designing, renovating, and maintaining facilities, and the role that the ceiling can play in addressing new noise concerns without detriment to design. It will explore the negative effects of noise and solutions to lessen these to promote wellness, as well as factors impacting acoustics as a result of changes in material and layout criteria to address cleanability, de-densification, and physical/ social distancing. The course will also take a close look at the role that ceiling systems can play in creating well-designed sound, and identify solutions that are currently available to enable positive experiences for human health, well-being, and comfort in the built environment.

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Perforated wood ceilings are one of many ways beyond traditional acoustical tiles to reduce noise, adding sound absorption and sound blocking for quieter spaces.

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Originally published in December 2020

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