The Sound of Silence on Steel Framing

This course will focus on the challenges associated with designing sound isolating partitions using steel framing. It will examine the various techniques used to isolate noise through building partitions. It will also look at the various factors to consider when designing partitions and why those details matter in achieving the desired results. This will equip design professionals with the necessary information about the factors affecting sound performance and how to communicate those options clearly in their designs.

Learning Objectives

  1. Identify the negative impacts of noise and explain how they impact the health and welfare of building occupants.
  2. Define sound transmission class and explain how STC ratings are used to determine acceptable levels of sound for occupants of different types of buildings.
  3. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of using common sound isolation methods and the use of constrained layered damped gypsum panels to achieve less harmful levels of noise for people.
  4. Analyze various applications where constrained layered damped gypsum has been installed and explore the benefits to both the physical environment and the occupants by using this product to reduce noise.

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