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BSRIA Noise in the built environment TG 20/2021


This topic guide, Noise in the built environment, provides a broad overview of noise in the built environment and explains how noise is produced, how noise is measured, what impact noise has and how noise can be controlled.

When designing a new building or refurbishing an existing building there are many factors to take into consideration in order to reach an excellent environment for building occupants. Factors affecting the indoor environmental quality include thermal comfort, indoor air quality, lighting and noise.

Understanding how these factors interact with each other and balancing performance parameters is an important part of designing, constructing and managing a building. This topic guide aims to explain noise in the built environment and how noise impacts on other design factors. It includes case studies with sound clips.

The guide is free to download here.

This article originally appeared on the BSRIA website. The guide was published in May 2021.


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