Acoustics in Wall and Ceiling Designs

The critical impact of construction details
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Webinar On-Demand
Sponsored by PABCO Gypsum and Hacker Industries, Inc.
Presented by John LoVerde

Learning Objectives:

  1. Develop a basic understanding of acoustic science.
  2. Provide an overview of acoustical performance rating systems and the consideration of building code requirements.
  3. Review design methodologies to optimize the acoustical performance of wall and ceiling details.
  4. Discuss common pitfalls, including examples and ways to avoid.


1 AIA LU/Elective
This test is no longer available for credit

The acoustical quality of a space is impacted by many factors, not the least of which are the construction of the walls and ceilings. This presentation will review both building science and design strategies, with a goal to impart a basic understanding of the factors that contribute to quality acoustics. A review of what to look for in the field during construction is also covered.

John LoVerde is known throughout the country for his work as an acoustical consultant, as well as his leadership in testing, research, and reporting methodology. He has designed all manner of building types in Veneklasen Associates’ portfolio including multifamily residential properties, office buildings and corporate interiors, educational facilities, performance venues, hotels and resorts, and hospitals. John’s expertise encompasses Architectural Acoustics, Mechanical Noise and Vibration, Environmental Noise, Industrial Noise and Field Measurements. He has served as Project Manager for many notable projects and is often called upon to provide expert testimony. Since his consultant career began at Veneklasen Associates in 1989, John has published close to 40 technical papers. He teaches and lectures internationally, presenting at the last nine meetings of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA). In November 2009 he was appointed to ASA’s Technical Committee on Architectural Acoustics.

Hacker Industries, Inc.

PABCO Gypsum