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Sound Insulation vs. Sound Absorption

Ranking high on a building owner’s punch list of priorities is good acoustics. With study after study linking acoustics to occupant comfort and performance, this key feature has evolved from a best practice to an essential design requirement. That said, one often-misunderstood aspect of acoustic performance is the noteworthy difference between soundproofing/insulation and sound absorption. […]

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Ssssh… Keep It Down: the Importance of Minimizing Noise with Interior Design

To make a compelling case for good-quality acoustical design, one needn’t look far. Ample research, conducted in different facility types, all points to the same result: poor acoustics has a negative effect on occupant productivity and well-being. In fact, the World Green Building Council’s recently published white paper, “Health, Wellbeing & Productivity in Offices: The […]

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Shedding Light on LEED v4’s Daylight Credit

Considered to be the most significant overhaul of the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED green building rating system since its inception, LEED v4 has officially raised the sustainable bar in its attempt to redefine what is considered to be a green building. Along with some of the more impactful changes — such as more stringent […]