Acoustic design of open plan schools and comparison of requirements

Claus Møller Petersen, Birgit Rasmussen

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Abstract

In the Nordic countries several new schools have open plan areas for teaching and group work. However, to optimize learning efficiency for pupils and working conditions for teachers and to reduce noise levels, such spaces require special acoustic design to obtain sufficient sound attenuation between groups and
satisfac¬tory speech intelligibility internally in groups. This paper describes the newest Danish requirements and recommendations for such open plan areas and presents the design, measurements and
subjective evaluation of two newer Danish schools. According to the users, the general conditions at both schools are satisfactory due to both optimized acoustical conditions and teaching methods adapted to
the special open environment. The results from room acoustical modelling, verification measurements and questionnaire survey are presented and evaluated in relation to the newest Danish criteria.
Requirements and recommendations from the other Nordic countries and from UK are summarized and the different criteria discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of BNAM2012
EditorsPeter Juhl
Number of pages8
Place of PublicationOdense
PublisherNordic Acoustic Association
Publication date2012
ISBN (Electronic)978-87-995400-0-6
Publication statusPublished - 2012
EventJoint Baltic-Nordic Acoustics Meeting 2012 - Odense, Denmark
Duration: 18 Jun 201220 Jun 2012

Conference

ConferenceJoint Baltic-Nordic Acoustics Meeting 2012
CountryDenmark
CityOdense
Period18/06/201220/06/2012
SeriesJoint Baltic-Nordic Acoustics Meeting (BNAM), Proceedings
Volume2012

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