There is a growing public recognition that climate change is no longer simply a theory and that its effects are beginning to be noticed around the world. Many people will have watched in horror last year when the devastating floods hit large parts of Bangladesh.
They resulted in the displacement of millions of people and a tragic loss of life on a scale that is rarely witnessed. Many scientific experts attribute this flooding to the impacts of global warming and climate change.
As predicted, climate change is beginning to drive more extreme patterns of weather, which can cause widespread disruption and suffering.
Acoustics affect critical aspects of a building’s function, from productivity in the office and communication in the classroom, to the price an apartment, condominium or single-family home can command.
Understanding how to select a combination of building materials, system designs and construction technologies that will provide the most appropriate sound control is key to creating a successful acoustical design.
Energy from sound waves interacts with every object and surface in a room – some energy may be absorbed or scattered by room furnishings and some energy may reflect off or transmit through partitions.
Sound can bend around barriers and squeeze through small openings, all of which can allow noise to reach surprisingly far beyond its point of origin. As a result, designers must consider the dynamics of sound when determining how they will control noise within a building.