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Classroom noise is a pervasive inhibitor for student learning, but classrooms don’t have to be noisy.
Poor acoustics is a problem in classroom environments around the country. A student’s ability to learn is greatly reduced in a noisy classroom. Reverberation and background noise can make it difficult to hear and understand the instructor, reducing concentration and attention span. The problem is even more serious for students with hearing problems, learning disabilities, or language barriers.
The United States is going through its largest phase of school construction and renovation in history. Although the need for good classroom acoustics has been known for decades, until fairly recently this information was not made readily available to architects and school planners.
In addition to room reverberation, HVAC system noise can be an issue, especially in buildings with older HVAC systems. When designing an HVAC system in new schools there are some basic guidelines that will eliminate most mechanical noise issues:
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With the success of our students at stake, classroom noise must be treated carefully and effectively. By leveraging our complete range of products and expertise, we design intelligent acoustic solutions that improve the lives of students and faculty.
Noise from adjacent rooms is disruptive to the learning process. Thinner lightweight wall materials do little to block sound transmission, but by adding mass through the installation of a vinyl noise barrier, and decoupling the partition with resilient isolation clips, we can minimize inter-room noise.
Exterior noise sources should be addressed during site planning. Windows should be double paned and well sealed, preferably with an acoustical rating of STC 48 or above.
High ambient noise levels from HVAC equipment is very common in existing schools. Determining the source of HVAC noise can be complex since it may originate from many sources, and should be handled by a professional acoustical consultant with the experience and equipment to locate all of the noise sources and determine the appropriate remedies.
Reverberation is the most common issue with classroom acoustics. Reverberation occurs when sound waves reflect off of the hard parallel surfaces in the room and continue to bounce back and forth until the energy is degraded. An acceptable reverberation time, (RT), for a classroom should be about 0.4 to 0.6 seconds. Adding the right amount of absorption to the room can be transformative.
As experts in acoustic design, we can help develop an effective, comfortable, and aesthetically pleasing acoustic solution that helps your organization improve the quality and productivity of time spent in your facility.
Our project managers will work with you to assess your noise control needs. With a keen focus on delivering a turn-key solution, we can help design an acoustic package to solve any noise issue.
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