InformeDesign Releases Implications on Acoustics in Green Buildings

MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL, MN – Design considerations for improving acoustics in green buildings are highlighted in the new issue of Implications, a research newsletter on design and human behavior produced by InformeDesign® ( The article considers the acoustical design challenges inherent in some green building techniques and recommends strategies to address them.

Ralph Muehleisen, PhD, PE, LEED® AP, FASA, faculty in the Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering at the Illinois Institute of Technology, suggests that “design techniques that are utilized in green buildings to improve energy efficiency, sustainability, and other indoor environmental quality (IEQ) aspects tend to exacerbate acoustic defects.” Among these techniques, the increased use of glass, use of natural ventilation, and the use of sound absorbing surfaces are discussed.  Muehleisen asserts that an awareness of potential acoustic issues, an understanding of the need to address them, and a conscious effort to consider them in the design process will help ensure acoustic quality is supported in green buildings.

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