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The Core of Sustainable Design and Acoustics

Posted by: Bhushan Avastthi | Posted on: June 17th, 2013

Architectural and design professionals who are devoted to sustainable design, demonstrate concern for environmental responsibility, optimal usability, health and safety and productivity.

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The firmly interwoven relationship that exists between acoustics and sustainable designs has become increasingly apparent in recent years. As architectural and design professionals strive to integrate sustainability into their projects, we find that there is an incredible need for reliable, accurate information. Recognizing the integral role of acoustics and the significance of sustainable designs, we need to embrace these movements and must encourage others to do the same.

Sustainable design implies not just using recycled materials. A design or architectural professional must consider the following:

Health & Safety:

Hearing loss (resulting from noise exposure) is known as one of the leading occupational hazards, but it also is 100% preventable. Other health problems related to noise exposure include high blood pressure, heart problems, headaches, tinnitus, negative fetal development and even respiratory ailments.

Efficiency:

While many people take energy efficiency into consideration, human efficiency is also equally important to sustainable design. Creating a space for employees (in a company) in which they can maximize their productivity, is very important as employees are usually the most valuable resource of a company.

Building Longevity/ Functionality:

For any space to be successful, it needs to function. Hence, an acoustically correct environment is vital for the functionality of most spaces.

Use Sustainable (Recycled) Materials:

There are several sustainable/ recycled acoustic products which work better than (or as well as) non-recycled acoustic products. It is a known fact that acoustic products are likely to account for a hefty percentage of the materials in a space. Quite often, most (or all) of the flooring, most (or all) of the ceiling, and sometimes all (and at times, some to most) of the wall surfaces are acoustical.

Accounting for acoustic conditions is capable of increasing the overall comfort level of a space greatly, while poor acoustics are capable of resulting in unhealthy, dangerous environments. Design and building professionals can apply acoustic solutions to majority of the projects with ease and thus the selection of recycled, effective acoustic products can also be better than before. Acoustics can be applied to more or less every design project with benefits that are obvious, including functionality. At the core of sustainable design and acoustics lie the fundamental concerns for environmental impact, health and safety and profitability.

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About Author:

Bhushan Avsatthi

Bhushan Avsatthi is a senior manager, consultant, BIM expert and a green building advisor with more than 15 years of industry experience. Bhushan imbibes the prophecy of efficient and prudent use of energy in his day to day life and advices his team to do so as well. He is also involved in green initiatives like nonprofit tree plantation project and promotes using cycles for commuting small distances. Bhushan, handles a team of architects, Structural and MEP engineers, LEED consultants and Energy modeling experts.