Subjective Rating of the Sound Insulation of Party Walls

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Journal titleBuilding Research Note
Subjectparty walls; sound insulating; noise levels; Walls; mur mitoyen; isolation acoustique; niveau de bruit
AbstractSince sound insulation of party walls is solely for the benefit of people, it is imperative that researchers improve their understanding of how people in multi-residence buildings react to noise from their neighbours. This note describes a pilot study undertaken to test the suitability of one experimental approach. Ninety-eight subjects were interviewed using a structural questionnaire, the background noise levels in their homes were measured and the sound insulation of the corresponding 49 party walls was measured. The note describes the survey procedure, including site selection, questionnaire used, measurement of noise and sound insulation, and analysis. The results are discussed with respect to the characteristics of the survey sample, differences between row housing and apartment residences, composite response scales and physical acoustical and non-acoustical variables as response predictors.
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AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
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NRC number1960
NPARC number20377910
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Record created2012-07-24
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