A comparison between national scheme for the acoustic classification of dwellings in Europe and in the U.S.

Umberto Berardi, Birgit Rasmussen

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Schemes for the classification of dwellings according to different building performances have been proposed in the last years worldwide. The general idea behind these schemes relates to the positive impact a higher label, and thus a better performance, should have. In particular, focusing on sound insulation performance, national schemes for sound classification of dwellings have been developed in several European countries. These schemes define acoustic classes according to different levels of sound insulation. Due to the lack of coordination among countries, a significant diversity in terms of descriptors, number of classes, and class intervals occurred between national schemes. However, a proposal “acoustic classification scheme for dwellings” has been developed recently in the European COST Action TU0901 with 32 member countries. This proposal has been accepted as an ISO work item. This paper compares sound classification schemes in Europe with the current situation in the United States. Economic evaluations related to the technological choices necessary to achieve different sound classification classes are also discussed. The hope is that a common sound classification scheme may facilitate exchanging experiences about constructions fulfilling different classes, reducing trade barriers, and finally increasing the sound insulation of dwellings.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftInternational Journal of Acoustics and Vibration
Vol/bind20
Udgave nummer2
Sider (fra-til)1-6
Antal sider6
ISSN1027-5851
StatusUdgivet - 2015

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