Sept. 26 | The Impact of Sound on Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ)

Tuesday, September 26, 2023 | 12pm ET

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According to the U.S. EPA, almost 90% of our time is spent indoors, emphasizing the importance of the materials that surround us. Acoustical design can enhance or diminish the experience of any space. This course will walk through the importance of designing and installing appropriate acoustical treatments, which may be about more than absorption – for example, spaces in healthcare, education, and offices rely on sound blocking for speech privacy and clear communication. Participants will learn how acoustical ceiling and wall solutions can contribute to improved Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) and meet today’s most stringent sustainability requirements.

Learning objectives

  • Understand the effects of poor IEQ on productivity, health, wellbeing, and satisfaction in education, healthcare, and office spaces 
  • Learn how high-quality IEQ requires proper acoustics and noise control because of the four proven effects of sound on human beings 
  • Discover that in acoustical design, sound absorption is necessary but not sufficient — sound blocking is also required for privacy and comfort 
  • Explore how well-designed and varied acoustical performance can enhance different types of space 
  • Master how to deliver the right sound for each space by using acoustical ceilings and walls ​

This free course is brought to you through a partnership with Armstrong. By registering for this course, you grant AIA permission to share your name and email address with Armstrong.

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  • Julian Treasure

    Chairman  |  The Sound Agency

    Julian Treasure is a sound and communication expert whose mission is to help people and...