Category: Acoustic Standards

Baltic-Nordic Acoustics Meeting 2022

On May 9-11 2022, Aalborg hosted the bi-annual Baltic Nordic-Acoustic Meeting (organized by the Nordic Acoustic Association), which this time is merged with the EUROREGIO (organized by the European Acoustics Association). The conference brought together academics, engineers, consultants, and other practitioners in the wide field of acoustics. Some of the really interesting presentations are described […]

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Expert Interview: Prof. Astolfi and the Italian school acoustic standard (UNI 11532-2)

Professor Arianna Astolfi’s tireless work within the field of architectural acoustics culminated in the publication of the Italian acoustic standard for schools, UNI 11532-2. This standard broke new ground in 2020 by including an expanded set of acoustic parameters ensuring optimal communication and speech perception in the classroom. Following the standard is now a legal […]

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Italian acoustic standard for schools breaks new ground

The Italian government has distinguished itself by allowing its building policies for school environments to be guided by overwhelming scientific evidence linking classroom acoustics to academic performance. Now the world has a strong example to follow in the shape of the newly published Italian acoustic standard for schools, UNI 11532-2. In 2020, Italy initiated a […]

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New study: C50 should be included in standards for elderly care facilities.

What is good acoustic conditions in elderly care? Recently, a new study in an elderly care home in Denmark was finalized. The motivation for this study conducted by the two Architectural Engineers Cecilie Søgaard Petersen and Stine Sonne Nautrup was that we see demographic changes all over the world and this also means that the […]

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I LISTEN project harnesses acoustics for special education needs (SEN)

IO ASCOLTO (I LISTEN) is an innovative research project tested in Turin to improve children’s learning abilities at school and intended to combat specific learning disorders experienced by children with special education needs (SEN) such as dyslexia – the inability to read words and texts quickly and correctly – which, according to AID (Italian Dyslexia […]

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International & American standards for indoor acoustic comfort

In many circumstances it may be desirable to refer to international or national standards to ensure that exact details of quality, methods, measures etc. is precisely corresponding to a predetermined set of rules and guidelines. There are several standards relating to room acoustics that anybody working in the building industry could utilize for better collaboration […]

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Nuanced room acoustics: Technical discriptors

Room acoustics is more nuanced than what is specified in most national requirements and regulations. If you, for example, wish to create a good sound environment in an open office environment, it is often better to consider multiple parameters and not merely the absorption area or reverberation time. The four primary technical basic terms that […]

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Basic principles of acoustic design from ISO 22955

’ISO 22955: Acoustic Quality of Open Offices’ was released earlier this year. It specifics clear guidelines for what constitutes acoustic quality in open offices. The task of designing open offices with satisfactory acoustics conditions can be quite complex. ISO 22955 reduces this complexity in several ways. One of them is by clearly defining the most […]

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Design dive: Open offices, part 2 – Geometry

Designing good office acoustics is notoriously hard. We give you the exact guidance you need for this task in this blog post series. What are the primary factors for acoustic design you should consider when working with open offices? How should you approach the task of designing or improving the sound environment in an open-plan […]

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Embracing Aural Diversity in Education through Universal Design for Learning

Classrooms the world over are filled with children that have a range of hearing conditions: from tinnitus and hearing loss to glue ear and noise sensitivity (hyperacusis). Meanwhile, schools claim to be “inclusive” without accommodating this aural diversity in any way. How can they achieve real inclusivity and accessibility by applying some of the core […]

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