What are the key considerations for Façades and Acoustics?
IMPORTANCE OF ACOUSTICS IN FAÇADE DESIGN
A façade of a building defines its visual identity, allows light in, provides a fire barrier to protect occupants, and addresses thermal requirements.
It also shapes and responds to the external noise environment around the building and controls the intrusion of environmental noise (“noise pollution”) into spaces within.
Noise pollution is now known as a global public health concern. In 1995, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared, “… these effects [of noise] have a detrimental influence on wellbeing and perceived quality of life”.
There are several other factors to consider which are often overlooked, such as:
Glazing performance is not just STC or Rw
Double glazing is not always better at reducing noise than single glazing
External noise levels can increase with building height?
Connection of the façade to the building interior
So, the façade design is not simple. Every design decision has an impact on multiple factors that need careful consideration by relevant experts.
Check out here to read the article.