Deriving acceptable values for party wall sound insulation from survey results

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ConferenceInter-Noise 2001: 27 August 2001, The Hague, Netherlands
Pages16; # of pages: 6
AbstractAcceptable values for party wall sound insulation were derived from the grouped subjective ratings obtained from a field survey of 600 subjects and the airborne sound insulation of their 300 party walls. The subjects lived in both row housing and multi-floor apartment buildings in three different Canadian cities and included both owners and renters. The survey results clearly demonstrate that residents are influenced by the amount of sound insulation between them and their neighbour and that the effects are largely independent of the type of housing or type of tenure. Spontaneous responses show increasing negative ratings of their buildings with decreasing sound insulation. Residents with poor sound insulation are more likely to want to move, to be awakened by noises and to have trouble falling asleep due to noises, as well as to think that their neighbours are less considerate. Directly elicited responses are used to determine STC 55 as a realistic goal for acceptable sound insulation and STC 60 as a more ideal goal that would practically eliminate negative effects of neighbour's noises.
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AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
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NRC number45177
NPARC number20386101
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