Noise Control Green Building

Noise Control, Green Building, Green Buiders, Energy-Efficient Homes, Quiet Green HousesPlease Note:This website explains green building for a climate zone comparable to North Texas or Central Texas, such as the climate of Waco or Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas. It is important to hire a green builder who is an expert in energy-efficient building in your climate zone.

Noise Control in Green Building

A Green Home is Quiet

This website is for the climate zone that includes North Central Texas or the DFW area such as Plano, Keller, or Dallas-Fort Worth Texas.  Regardless of your climate zone, the first priority for green building or energy-efficient remodeling is to hire an energy consultant and a green builder who understand and use up-to-date green building practices for your area. 

As a metropolitan area, and as a country, our streets and airports are busierand noisier even as we build higher density housing or residential over retailor office, that, by nature, create noise for residential occupants. In short, noise controlis becoming more and more important to our lives and to the comfort of ourgreen homes. If falls under the auspices of green building.

In green building, the interaction ofbuilding shapes, materials, and openings, as well as the people and otheranimals occupying the homes, makes noise control more complex. In addition, thelocation of the home, say along a busy street or adjacent to a park, determines what outside noises exist.

There are two principal types of transmission generated inside the building.

1. Airborne sounds travel through walls or floor/ceiling assemblies and can emanate from either human activities in adjacent living spaces or from mechanical noise within the building systems. 

2. Transmission of sound through the building itself. The most commonexample of this type of noise is the footsteps of occupants in living spaces above. This type of noise is more difficult tocontrol in green building.

Important Noise Control in Green Building

In central air systems, it is important to baffle any ductsthat transmit sound between different building areas. Shock mounting of systems tocontrol vibration might also be necessary.

There are specific protocols developed forplumbing systems, especially for water supply lines, to create isolation clamping of pipes within building walls. 

In some green building situations, it is only a matter of utilizing the best quietingtechnologies available. Regardless, the green builder seeks the most cost effectivebuilding methods to create a quiet interior (normally 45 dBA). 

The best ways to control noise use a combination ofthese four techniques:

  • Absorb it.
  • Block it.
  • Break up its path.
  • Isolate it.

Noise can affect more than comfort, though, as it can become hazardous,especially at high decibels over extended periods of time.

More aboutnoise attenuation and control.
Noise as hazard.

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