Acoustic classification of dwellings: A comparison between national schemes in Europe and the situation 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.
Original languageEnglish
Article number4pNS5
JournalMeetings on Acoustics. Proceedings
Volume21
Issue number1
Number of pages8
ISSN1939-800X
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Publication statusPublished - 21 Jul 2014
Event167th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America - Providence, Rhode Island, United States
Duration: 5 May 20149 May 2014
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CountryUnited States
CityProvidence, Rhode Island
Period05/05/201409/05/2014
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