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ERIC Number: EJ844962
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1059-7417
The Components of Good Acoustics in a High Performance School
Stewart, William
Educational Facility Planner, v43 n4 p28-30 2009
Acoustics has received greater importance in the learning environment in recent years. In August 2000, The Acoustical Society of America (ASA) published the study "Classroom Acoustics: A Resource for Creating Learning Environments with Desirable Listening Conditions" providing a framework for understanding the qualities, descriptors of the acoustic components in classrooms and recommended general guidelines for controlling noise and excess reverberation. Soon, in June 2002, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) released "S12.60 Acoustics Performance Criteria, Design Requirements, and Guidelines for Schools." This report provided guidelines on space usage, space planning, and elements of background noise. By 2006 these and other standards were published in "The Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS), Best Practices Manual." How can all these best practices be put into one school? This article discusses the three elements of the acoustical components for any learning environment: (1) Limit transmission of noise from outside the classroom; (2) Minimize background noise from the building's HVAC system; and (3) Reduce sound reverberation time inside the classroom. If these three issues are resolved effectively there will be good room acoustics in learning spaces. (Contains 1 figure and 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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