Factors to consider when measuring acoustic comfort in schools

Transcript of Tom Cox video | Measuring acoustic comfort

First of all, we’ll be measuring reverberation time, looking at how effective the insulation that we’ve put into the sports hall is at reducing echo.

Secondly, we’ll be looking at internal separation – the performance of the partitions between the sports hall area and the office, and how that performs in terms of acoustic reduction.

Thirdly, we’ll be looking at façade acoustics, so we’ll be measuring the performance of the façade, both break-in and break-out acoustics, so we can see how the children are affecting the local area, how the local area is affecting the children and how efficient the façade is at controlling that.

Fourthly, we’ll be looking at induced acoustics for the façade. Effectively we’ll be putting a sound source of a known intensity on the outside of the structure and measuring the internal acoustic environment to assess the performance of the façade.

Fifthly, we’ll be looking at building services and the ability of the services and ducting for attenuating acoustics and reducing transmission of acoustic within the structure. 

And, finally, we’ll be speech intelligibility, probably the most important parameter in the education environment - the ability for children to hear and communicate effectively with their teacher.

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