Noise control must play an integral role in building design, as successful acoustic design increases comfort, productivity and communication. The best designs incorporate sound into the overall design solution.

This article will examine why noise control is essential in building design and construction. It will compare traditional and damped wall partition designs, describing how the use of constrained-layer damping panels can be used as an alternative to multi-layer gypsum wallboard assemblies to meet and exceed the minimum code requirements.

Learning Objectives:

  • Define terminology related to noise control.
  • Examine why noise control is essential in building design and construction.
  • Compare traditional and damped wall partition designs.
  • Describe how the use of constrained-layer damping panels allows building designers and specifiers the flexibility to achieve required noise ratings in steel assembly partitions.