Many architectural projects include noisy HVAC equipment that is located outside the building. While this may be a problem inside the building, it can be equally as much a problem for the neighbors. Thoughtful placement of noisy equipment, in addition to careful analysis is required to control exterior mechanical noise to appropriate levels.
Early planning for sound isolation between spaces must is critical. Many spaces, such as auditoriums, churches, boardrooms, music practice spaces, etc. should have buffers, such as corridors or storage spaces around them. It is important to understand the acoustic source, the transmission path (partition), and the environment in the adjacent spaces. Careful attention to construction materials and detailing is crucial to achieving appropriate sound isolation.
Air handling equipment, pumps, generators, and chillers are all common components of buildings that need to be considered in the early stages of a project. Mechanical background noise must always be kept to appropriate levels through careful analysis and recommendations during design.
Room Acoustics is about the way a space sounds. The way a space sounds is dependent on its size, shape, and construction materials. Spaces of different sizes and functions require vastly different acoustical environments. Careful attention must be given to design in order to promote useful early sound reflections and to mitigate harmful late reflections.