The Sound of Comfort

How stone wool can support occupant well-being through better acoustics
Sponsored by ROCKWOOL®
By Erika Fredrickson
1 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 what governments are doing to regulate noise and provide better environments for occupants.
  2. Explain the difference between OITC and STC.
  3. Discuss the acoustical effects of stone wool insulation on building enclosures and the people inside them.
  4. List four applications for stone wool insulation that will help with acoustics and keep occupants comfortable.

This course is part of the Durability Academy

This course is part of the The Durability Academy

Below are a set of links to building type studies from Architectural Record, which are in-depth analyses of particular kinds of buildings, with photos, drawings, specifications, detailed descriptions, and design solutions. Click on each link below, read the article then complete the quiz to earn your credit and certificate of completion.

Stone wool insulation is well suited to deliver sound reduction benefits and control unwanted noise in occupied spaces. This course looks at how, when properly installed, stone wool supports thermal performance and provides additional acoustic comfort to block environmental noise pollution from neighbors, traffic, airplanes, construction sites and more.

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Gary Madaras

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Gregory LaVardera

Sound Comfort

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Originally published in December 2021