Live Course: Acoustics in Open-to-Structure Environments


As more and more commercial interiors, from offices to schools, veer toward open concepts and exposed structures, the spaces become susceptible to noise. And for occupants, excessive noise can lead to increased stress, lower productivity, decreased focus, and poor communication. This session will help architects understand the challenge by exploring how sound is generated, transmitted, and reverberates. Attendees will learn a simpler approach to sabins, how to calculate absorption, and how to apply that knowledge to designing ceiling systems that hit the sweet spot for noise reduction.

Date: May 19, 2020 at 3 PM EDT.

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Learning objectives

  • Address acoustical design challenges in open-to-structure spaces.
  • Review fundamentals of sound and define key acoustical terms.
  • Explain and compare various measures of sound absorption.
  • Define reverberation time as a key room acoustic design parameter.
  • Examine acoustical treatments best suited for open to structure spaces and review sample reverberation time calculations.
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  • Andrew Schmidt

    Senior Researcher, Acoustics | USG

    Andrew Schmidt is an acoustical consultant experienced in a wide array of commercial and...

Course details

Contents: Live course, evaluation

Expiration: One year after purchase

Duration: 1:00

Passing Score: 80% on quiz